The Thai government has promised millions of doses of locally produced and imported Covid-19 vaccines before the end of the year.
The aim is to get a first dose into the arms of 70% of the people in Thailand by the end of September.
They hope to stimulate tourism in this way.
The first jab will be available between June and September. The second from October to December, reported Daily News after a meeting via video conference chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House yesterday.
The list for priority is:
1 Frontline medical staff in state and private sector
2 Thais working in Covid prevention areas
3 Those with underlying health conditions
4 Those aged 60+
5 People in risky jobs such as teacher, public transport drivers and advisors travelling abroad
6 Embassy staff members and their families
7 Thais in the universal healthcare scheme
8 Foreign nationals and migrant workers
AstraZeneca vaccine will be available in June with 6.3 million doses, July-November 10 million doses, December 5 million doses.
An extra 37 million doses will come from Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer 20 million and Sinovac 7 million.
The exact amounts are up to production schedules.
Five provinces will go first in June – Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Phuket (part of the sandbox foreign travel plan starting in July).
In July it will be time for Chonburi (where Pattaya is located), Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Songkhla, Sa Kaeo, Narathiwat, Ranong, Nong Khai, Koh Samui (Surat Thani) Phangnga, Krabi, Chanthaburi, Rayong, Chachoengsao and Samut Sakhon.
Then plans will begin for the remaining 55 provinces.