Now it looks like many, if not all, Pattaya expats are going to have to wait until October, or even November, before we can be vaccinated, no matter when we can register. Registering is one thing, but just how soon can we get the vaccination after registering - we don't know yet.
Remember the promise that if we get the vaccination at a hospital it won't cost more than 3000 baht? Whoops! They must have had their fingers crossed when they made that promise. According to the Bangkok Post article, now it's 3800 baht.
Of course, bear in mind that the information published seems to change on an almost daily basis. This is today's
news. Your guess is as good as mine as to if and when the information will change yet again.
Moderna price set at 3,800 baht for two doses
10m doses ordered, delivery to start in October
7 Jun 2021
Private hospitals will charge 3,800 baht inclusive for two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine made by US-based Moderna.
Members of the Private Hospitals Association met on Monday to agree on the price of the vaccine, described as “alternative” since it is not included in the government’s free vaccination programme, according to Thai media, which quoted a source at the association.
The price, likely to be the same at all member hospitals, already includes a service fee and vaccine insurance.
An order for 10 million doses will be placed by the Government Pharmaceuticals Organization on their behalf.
The vaccine will come in three lots — 4 million doses in October, 1 million early next year and 5 million more later.
Previously, the association had said the price should not be more than 3,000 baht for the two-dose regimen. No details were available at this stage on how the new price was calculated.
The government on Monday rolled out a nationwide vaccination after it took delivery of 1.8 million doses of AstraZeneca last week. To date, shots made by two manufacturers — Sinovac Biotech and AstraZeneca — were used.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Monday orders would be placed for 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine and another 5 million more of those made by Johnson & Johnson.
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... -two-doses
Pattaya expats having a sore time in vaccination scramble, but latest app is working well
By Barry Kenyon
June 7, 2021
The latest government instruction to Pattaya expats is to register on the updated site thailandintervac.com Preference will apparently be given to those over 60 or with life-threatening diseases. The Pattaya vaccination centre for those registered will be the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital but applicants should not contact the hospital.
The thailandintervac app was designed initially for a select group of diplomats and members of international organizations, known to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but has now been updated for Pattaya-based retirees, those married to Thai spouses, Elite visa holders, investors and permanent residents. Those foreigners with a work permit will already have registered, and maybe received their first shot, through a separate procedure.
Thailandintervac was available for registration on the morning June 7 but was then overwhelmed and was unavailable until 17.00 hours. It now seems to be working well. Those wishing to register must give their passport number, date of birth and local address in Chonburi province. They must also state whether they have any medical insurance. The cost, if any, is unclear but may include a charge for administration and insurance cover for any side effects.
No time and date for an appointment for the first jab is given and those registered will receive an email in due course. No choice of vaccine is offered. Those currently in use are Sinovac and AstraZeneca with, we are told, Johnson and Johnson and Moderna in the pipeline. Personal details given can be shared with other relevant government agencies.
This procedure is only for foreigners (but not guest workers from neighboring countries who fall under a different system) in the Pattaya or Bangkok areas. Those farang in other provinces have to follow different regulations as announced in the local press and on (reliable) social media. It is now apparent that the vaccination rollout for foreigners will be nationally promoted but locally implemented.
Pattaya expats, retirees in particular, will heave a sigh of relief that the thailandintervac innovation will hopefully be the basis of future action, unlike a host of previous short-lived apps and misleading advice to contact specific hospitals in a never-ending merry-go-round of confusion and even chaos.
The big question mark is when actual vaccination for the latest target group will begin in earnest. Because Pattaya has been designated a potential Sandbox, permitting vaccinated international tourists to visit without quarantine from October 1, there will be a requirement to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the local population by then. The figure will include some foreigners. But Thailand has a “Thais first” priority in overall terms and vaccines locally are in short supply. According to local hospital doctors who chose not to be named, the best guesstimate is that at least half of Pattaya farangs will have to wait until October or November. That’s for the first jab of course. The government has promised to inoculate all Thais by the end of the year.
https://www.pattayamail.com/news/pattay ... ell-358676