Vaccination to come with travel docs in Thailand – appointments start May 1

Photo: Jan Vasek
Photo: Jan Vasek

Those who want to travel abroad after being vaccinated against COVID-19 in Thailand will receive international health certificates to do so but should register for their vaccination one month from now.

The Public Health Ministry said it would issue such certificates once the WHO releases a standard form, which is expected in June, according to Health Ministry adviser Pongsadhorn Pokpermdee.

Prior to that, people on May 1 will be able to book their appointments for a jab of domestically produced AstraZeneca at one of more than 12,000 hospitals nationwide via Line or an app still under development. The service will be capable of booking inoculations, reminding users about their second dose, and reporting any side effects afterward.

Pongsadhorn said those without smartphones can contract hospitals and local health volunteers directly to book an appointment. Those who complete both jabs will get a physical and digital vaccine certificate from the providing hospital and if they registered via the Mor Prom Line account. Thirty-five-thousand people who got their shots in March already have such certificates, including front-line medical personnel, police and people working in at-risk environments. 

Thailand’s slow-to-start vaccination program has lagged behind that of its neighbors, with the 61 million AstraZeneca doses to be manufactured by the Crown Property Bureau’s Siam Bioscience not available until June. So far, Thailand has one million of Chinese CoronaVac and 100,000 doses of imported Astrazeneca in hand for emergency use.

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