Both Sinovac and Astra Zeneca have now arrived in Thailand, although in relatively small numbers. The government has also outlined a plan as to the order in which vaccines will be given to various groups. The government intends to provide vaccines free of charge to everyone in Thailand, including expats. However, it has been proposed that private hospitals will also be allowed to obtain their own vaccines and sell them to interested parties and some insurers have indicated that they will cover the cost of these vaccinations under the wellness benefits in their policies.
The first person was vaccinated on 28th February.
According to a March 20, 2021 report in the Bangkok Post, “State quarantine for both Thai and foreign arrivals will be shortened to 10 days from 14 starting April 1, as part of the government’s ambitious plan to reopen the country from Oct 1.” The full article provides a roadmap of all three phases of reopening.
COVID-19 vaccine considerations for Thailand
- Can employers mandate the vaccine?
- Who will control delivery of the vaccine?
- Who covers the cost of the vaccine?
- Where will people get vaccinated?
Government locations, but private hospitals can secure their own vaccine supply.
- Is there cultural resistance to getting the vaccine?
Provincial entry and exit rules have been eased in Thailand. Only Samut Sakhon is classified as a maximum control zone (red) and implement the strictest set of rules from March 1. Food establishments can open through 2100 nightly, though they cannot serve alcohol. Entertainment venues like pubs and bars must remain closed. Educational institutions must continue to use distance learning.
This information is provided by LawtonAsia, Asinta's partner in Thailand.
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