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The last paragraph mentions fees for vaccinations for foreigners, at least at the Bangrak Medical Center. For Thais it is free. I don't know if the vaccinations are available elsewhere in Bangkok or whether any fees are involved.

In Pattaya the vaccinations are available at Pattaya City Hospital and Banglamung Hospital - free of charge for all, including farang.
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Airport testing shows Covid numbers on arrival 'very low'

January 24, 2023

Five international travellers who arrived in the kingdom in the past two weeks tested positive for Covid-19, while 300-400 departing travellers, including Thais, were infected with the virus, according to health authorities.

In the second week of this month, following the arrival of the first travellers from China on Jan 9, three foreign travellers were found to have the Covid-19 virus. Last week another two infections, one of them from China, were discovered among international arrivals, according to Department of Disease Control (DoDC) director-general Tares Krassanairawiwong.

The government will maintain its current measures to safeguard against infections and continue to monitor the virus situation closely, he said. "There's no cause for concern," he added.

From Jan 16-21, 627 people nationwide, or about 90 a day on average, were admitted to hospitals for Covid-19 treatment. In total, 44 people died from or as a result of the virus during this period, he added.

Also, 277 Covid-19 patients suffered lung infections, with 178 of them requiring life support, he said, adding that in total, 144.57 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been rolled out.

International travellers have arrived in droves since the reopening of borders in the latter half of last year. The latest arrival influx was from China.

Dr Tares said health authorities were on alert and conducting random tests, which showed infections among international arrivals not to be high.

Meanwhile, the Department of Medical Sciences (DoMS), said yesterday that 300-400 people departing the country, including Thais, tested positive for Covid-19 during the past two weeks. Only about 4% of them were from China, said Dr Supakit Sirilak, director-general of the DoMS.

Their infections were confirmed by the result of a pre-departure RT-PCR test they underwent as part of the requirements for returning to or entering some countries such as China and India.

Dr Supakit said samples would be tested to determine what sub-variants they are.

In Thailand, the dominant sub-variant of the Omicron strain is the BA.2.75 with 86-87% prevalence. The XBB sub-strain is rare, while the XBB.1.5 sub-variant is non-existent in Thailand.

Also yesterday, Dr Tares said the DoDC has opened a Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Bangrak Medical Center. The service is available to all on a walk-in basis. The vaccination is free for Thais. Foreign nationals on holiday may choose between a Pfizer shot (1,000 baht) or an AstraZeneca injection (800 baht), plus a fee of 380 baht.

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Ok, apparently yet another rule change. Now only tourists will be charged for vaccinations. Expats will be free. According to the article, this policy is nationwide. So, expats, don't forget to bring along your passport so you can prove you're an expat.

Up to now, both Pattaya City Hospital and Banglamung Hospital have been giving the vaccines free to all comers. I don't know if that will continue. If anyone reading this who is not an expat goes to either hospital for the vaccine, or if someone finds out another way, please let us know if you were charged a fee and how much it was.

Actually, if any fees were involved anywhere in Thailand, please tell where and how much.

According to the article, if fees are involved, this is how much it should be - emphasis on should: "Foreign tourists must pay 800 baht for a shot of AstraZeneca vaccine or 1,000 baht per Pfizer vaccine dose, plus a 380 baht medical service fee"
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Covid-19 vaccine available for foreigners nationwide

Tourists pay, expats continue to receive free shots

January 24, 2023

The Public Health Ministry plans for at least one Covid-19 vaccination centre per province for foreign tourists paying for shots, while foreign residents will continue to get free jabs.

Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, permanent secretary for health, said on Tuesday there should be vaccination centres in all provinces because foreign tourists did not limit their visits to only major provinces.

The vaccination service would be provided on a voluntary basis and the government would use only the vaccines that it procured, he said.

Foreigners staying long-term in the country would continue to receive free Covid-19 vaccines, in line with government policy to vaccinate everyone living here against the disease, Dr Opas said. This included businesspeople, workers and diplomats and their family members.

Dr Tares Krassanairawiwong, director-general of disease control, said his department provided a vaccination service at Bang Rak Medical Centre in Bangrak district and the Institute for Urban Disease Control and Prevention in Bang Khen district.

The department provided the same service at its travel medicine clinics in Chiang Mai, Chon Buri and Songkhla provinces, and also in Phuket province.

Foreign tourists must pay 800 baht for a shot of AstraZeneca vaccine or 1,000 baht per Pfizer vaccine dose, plus a 380 baht medical service fee, Dr Tares said.

The department had not so far given approval for private organisations to provide the service. It was still in the planning stage, he said.

Dr Thongchai Keeratihuttayakorn, director-general of medical services, said his department provided a vaccination service at its Institute of Dermatology, Lerdsin Hospital, Rajavithi Hospital and Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital and at Chiangmai Neurological Hospital.

The Institute of Dermatology and Rajavithi Hospital were main vaccination centres because they were near areas where foreign tourists stay and transport networks, and staff were long familiarised with providing services for foreigners, he said.

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