Roll up those sleeves: Foreigners aged 60+ can register for vaccinations

Photo: UNICEF
Photo: UNICEF

Thai health officials on Monday afternoon said foreigners living in Thailand can now register for COVID-19 vaccines – if they are aged over 60.

In a Monday press briefing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and COVID-19 task force spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun said the public health ministry has launched a website, www.thailandintervac.com, for vaccine registration for foreign nationals in the country.

Eligible groups, for now, are foreigners aged 60 and over and those who have underlying diseases including cancer, diabetes, obesity, severe chronic respiratory diseases and chronic kidney diseases. More details are available online.

The currently available vaccines include the two-shot CoronaVac, produced by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac, and the two-shot Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, made locally by Siam Bioscience. Registration for vaccination begins at noon and ends at 3pm each day.

No walks-in are currently allowed, however. Natapanu reiterated that foreigners are advised to make an appointment two weeks in advance.

Vaccinations were initially being scheduled in Bangkok at Vimut, Med Park and Phyathai 2 hospitals. More hospitals, including Bangkok Hospital Pattaya and Bangrak Vaccination and Health Centre in Bangkok’s Sathorn area, will follow at a later date.

Registrations for foreigners aged 18 to 59 will be available at a later date, Natapanu said. He did not specify when.

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