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Covid vaccine will be available free for foreigners who hold valid visas

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It has been announced that Covid vaccine will be, once available, free of charge for foreigners in Thailand who hold valid visas.

No further details have yet been published.

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Gaybutton wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:08 pm
Covid vaccine will be, once available, free of charge for foreigners in Thailand who hold valid visas.
I presume they mean for resident foreigners.
That makes perfect sense, as to discriminate would make a bad impression.
If financing it is a problem, they can always make the revenue back over time on the visa fees.

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Jun wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:39 pm
I presume they mean for resident foreigners.
Probably, but as I said, no further details have yet been published.

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The Thai Examiner, an English language news website, includes the following information about how foreigners can register for the upcoming free Covid-19 vaccinations in June & July. Here are some excerpts from the article:
Expats over 60 and with underlying conditions can register for free Covid vaccinations in June & July


Registration app and hospitals taking bookings from those eligible to be vaccinated including foreigners


Foreign residents and expats who are over 60 or have an underlying disease can register now for the second wave of the Thai government’s vaccination process with inoculations scheduled to be carried out in June and July. The vaccine will be free.

Foreign residents in Thailand are currently entitled to register for the second phase of the kingdom’s vaccination programme after the government this week confirmed that access to vaccines will be free for all residents of the country.

Thailand, on Saturday, launched an app where people over 60 or with an underlying illness can register for the second phase.

The Mor Prom (Doctors Ready) app was reported quickly to be overloaded although Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the main spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), encouraged the public to be patient as there was plenty of time to get registered for the vaccine rollout which will primarily take place in June and July.

‘The Mor Prom Line OA is simply one of the registration channels. Today is the first day and is not the last. There are several other days people can register,’ Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin said. ‘If it’s not possible today, try again tomorrow. All eligible people should register and the data will be compared with the database in their areas. If all goes well, they can get the shots.’


This second stage of the vaccine programme will see an eligible population of 11.7 million people over 60 and 4.3 million with underlying conditions such as respiratory illnesses, heart disease, kidney issues or diabetes qualify to be vaccinated primarily with the AstraZeneca jab.

2% of the population have been vaccinated as expats without Thai ID cannot use the online application

Over the weekend, it was confirmed that 1.5 million people or just over 2% of the population have now been vaccinated.

It has also been disclosed that before the LINE app failed under heavy demand on Saturday, 280,050 people had registered to be inoculated.

While expats and foreigners are provided for under the vaccine rollout, the LINE app only had provision for the input of Thai national identity numbers.

Expats with a Thai ID or ‘pink’ registration card can use this service while those living in the kingdom who use their national passport as their main ID, cannot.


Officials suggest that, for now, expats or foreign residents should contact their local hospital or medical facility to book an appointment if they are over 60 or have an underlying condition.
(Emphasis added)

Here is link to the full article:
https://www.thaiexaminer.com/thai-news- ... from-june/

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2lz2p wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 7:09 am
how foreigners can register for the upcoming free Covid-19 vaccinations in June & July.
The article is correct. Only Thais or farang who have a Thai ID card can register via the Mor Prom LINE app. Registering via hospitals still doesn't tell you whether free really means free and whether you get any choices about which vaccine you'll get. And if you do have to pay fees to get the vaccine (As pointed out in Daleinpattaya's topic - https://www.gaybuttonthai.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10665 - that Med Park hospital wants 4000 baht) and won't you have to pay those same fees again for the second dose?

I want the vaccine, but I also want to try to find out whether the various local hospitals are charging fees, how much the fees are, whether you get any choices about which vaccine you'll get, and if you don't get choices, which vaccine will it be? I also want to try to find out if the vaccine is going to be available for farang in places other than hospitals.

No matter how it's going to work and whether you'll have to pay fees, there isn't much choice. It boils down to you either do what you have to do and pay what you have to pay or go without the vaccine. And I have a feeling the vaccination is going to end up being a requirement imposed by immigration.

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