Shinovac Vaccine will be provided to 22 provinces
The Thai government plans to distribute 800,000 doses of Sinovac's Covid-19 vaccine to 22 provinces in April.
The provinces are divided into three groups.
The first group will be supplied with a vaccine known as CoronaVac to contain the pandemic. The group consists of six provinces which are Samut Sakhon, Bangkok, Tak, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Nonthaburi.
The second group consists of eight tourist areas: Chon Buri, Rayong, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Phangnga, Surat Thani (Koh Samui) and Phuket.
The final group consists of eight border provinces: Songkhla, Sa Kaeo, Chiang Rai, Mukdahan, Narathiwat, Ranong, Nong Khai and Chanthaburi.
This providing vaccines are to help revive a pandemic-hit economy of Thailand.
Phuket will present their reopening plan this Friday
Phuket will offer a reopening plan starting in July for approval to allow vaccinated tourists to visit without quarantine. The plan will be submitted to the Centre for Economic Situation Administration this Friday.
Yuthasak Supasorn, the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said the Phuket Tourism Sandbox project will succeed only if Andaman island achieves to the herd immunity by vaccination of at least 70% of the population before entering visitors.
Therefore, the plan also includes the doses of vaccines that the island needs and the timeline to administer them. In order to reach the immune target within the time frame, Phuket must start the first round of inoculation by April 15th and then the second round after May 15th..
Pattaya city ready for "area quarantine" from April 1
Area quarantine means that you can spend the first three days in your room alone in quarantine after entering Thailand, and if the negative is confirmed by the virus inspection, you can move freely inside the hotel. Chonburi, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Surat Thani (Koh Tao, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan) and Krabi were selected as the regions to conduct the "Area Quarantine" test.
On March 21, 2021, The Mayor of Pattaya City, Chonburi Province, Sontaner Khumproom, revealed on his Facebook page that Pattaya city is ready to conduct an "area quarantine" from April 1, and that more than 20 hotels had registered for "area quarantine" facilities.
From April 1, 2021, the quarantine period will be reduced to 10 days from the current 14 days.
Thai government negotiates another 5 million Shinovak vaccine from China
The Thai government is negotiating with China to obtain an additional 5 million batches of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine, Coronavac.
More than 800,000 doses of Shinovak Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Thailand on March 20, according to Thai Minister of Public Health Anutin Sharun Villacle. Healthcare workers, the elderly and people in dangerous areas will be given priority vaccination. Of the 2 million initial orders, another 1 million doses will arrive from China next month.
The 200,000 doses of Shinovatu Biotech vaccine has already arrived four weeks ago.
The AstraZeneca Vaccine is provided to inoculate the rest of Thai citizens. The 26 million doses of vaccine provided by Siam Bioscience, which produces the AstraZeneca vaccine locally, are reported to be available in Thailand in the third quarter of this year. According to the Thai government's current rollout plan, another 35 million doses will follow in the fourth quarter.
Relaxing restrictions on April 1 - shorten quarantine
At the CCSA meeting on March 19, it was officially decided to withdraw the quarantine period of 10 days and shorten it to 7 days from April 1.
The CCSA meeting agreed to shorten the previous 14-day mandatory quarantine period to 10 days for arrivals without a vaccination certificate and to 7 days for those with a vaccination certificate. From April 1st to September 30th, the quarantine facility will continue to operate under the new guidelines. The Thai government also plans to lift most restrictions by October this year.
Visitors to Thailand from April 1st will not be required to view the Fit to Fly document, but will be required to present a Covid-19 Negative Certificate instead.
However, for people arriving from areas where the Covid-19 virus has "mutated", a 14-day quarantine period continues. Mutant strains have been reported in several parts of the world. CCSA cites the continent of Africa as the region where mutant strains of the virus have been reported.
Thai Finance Minister declares that Covid-19 vaccination will drive economic recovery
Thai Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith stated that the Covid-19 vaccination will boost public confidence, increase domestic travel, boost the revival of a declining economy and help the economy recover in the fourth quarter of this year. The minister said he had no problems after taking AstraZeneca jab yesterday.
After vaccination, I feel well with no side effects and my arms don't hurt. It's like any other vaccination. Vaccine availability and distribution should benefit overall economy in Thailand.
Also, according to Minister Alcom, if international travel restrictions are relaxed, it will boost Thailand's economy in the fourth quarter of this year.
6,000 people to be be vaccinated in Bangkok Bang Khae
Following the recent cluster of Covid-19 infections in Bangkok’s Bang Khae district, city officials plan to vaccinate 6,000 people in the area who are at risk of infection.
Bangkok’s Bang Khae city officials is planning to vaccinate 6,000 people in the area at the risk of infection of Covid-19.
From tomorrow, 500 to 600 people in the city will be vaccinated against Covid-19, according to Bangkok Metropolitan Administration spokesperson Pongsakorn Kwanmuang.
Bangkok officials expect to receive 240,000 vaccinations made by Sinovac of China this week and 120,000 healthcare workers in areas in Bangkok considered the highest risk of infection will be vaccinated.
Thailand plans to start vaccination passport within 3 months
On March 13, Thailand's Director of Disease Control, Opas Karnkawinpong, plans to launch a vaccine passport with low-risk countries that have begun vaccination of COVID-19 with the public. Announced.
The vaccine passport scheme will materialize within three months, said Dr. Opas.
Thailand will receive an additional 1.8 million vaccines from Shinovak (800,000 this month, the rest in April). In June, and will receive 6 million vaccines from AstraZeneca. According to Dr. Opas, 10 million vaccines are expected to be delivered in July and August.
By the end of 2021, more than 30 million people will be vaccinated 63 million times, and high-risk areas will be the first to begin widespread vaccination, Dr. said. He also said that 44,409 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Thailand so far.
Thai government aiming to re-open the country by October
Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan, assistant spokesman for CCSA, said at a press conference on the morning of March 10, 2021, the Thai government had their eyes set on October to "fully open the country".
The country is planning to implement reduced quarantine and more “freedom of quarantine” with area quarantine programs first, hopefully starting from April, according to Apisamai. This decision has been approved with CCSA on Monday, March 15th, Tuesday, March 16th, and Friday, March 19th.