Phuket authorities today, June 1st, publicly informed their readiness to welcome vaccinated foreign tourists to the “Phuket Sandbox” project and its procedure to open vaccine registration for selected foreigners, primarily those with work permits, on the island tomorrow.
Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew told the Associated Press that more than half of the Phuket population had already been vaccinated. A number of 466,587 people, or 70 percent of the total population, is planned to be jabbed by the end of June in order to create herd immunity prior to the reopening, according to Narong.
“Currently, a total of 279,943 people, accounting for 59.9 percent of the population, have received their first jab and about 98,795 people have completed two shots of Covid-19 injections. A remaining 371,397 people have already registered and are waiting to be vaccinated,” The governor told the associated press this morning.
Phuket authorities are discussing with provincial public health agencies to find a solution to accommodate incoming vaccinated tourists while implementing effective health measures to build confidence and safety among both tourists and local residences.
Meanwhile, Pracha Asawateera, Southern district manager of DEPA (Digital Economy Promotion Agency), stated this afternoon that the “Phuket Must Win” local registration application will open the vaccine registration for foreigners and migrant workers who hold a work permit and are working on the island for the first day tomorrow, June 2nd. This is a registration and not the actual inoculation.
Employers of legalized migrant workers and foreign residents who are in a risk group can apply for registration at 9:00 AM. tomorrow, while those who are not in the risk group will be able to register from 1:00 PM onwards.
Both groups are scheduled to receive their first vaccination between the 3rd and 4th of June, according to the manager. TPN media notes, however, that dates and information are subject to change without notice. For information about vaccinations near you, TPN media suggests you contact the hospital where your medical records are currently on file or inquire at the local municipality office. Processes and procedures vary greatly currently even from one village to another.
For more information on the Phuket Sandbox, we suggest this Facebook group, run by tourist organizations on the island.
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