Anutin promises all expats will get jabbed soon
Over 300,000 expats living in Bangkok have received at least one Covid-19 shot, Public Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Thursday.
He made this remark after discussing the subject with Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.
Anutin said government agencies have been cooperating with embassies to set up vaccination appointments for expats at several venues, including MedPark, Vimut and Bangrak hospitals as well as at the Central Vaccination Centre at the Bang Sue Grand Station.
He said the government will also cooperate with the Department of Consular Affairs to cover expats living in other parts of the country.
As of August 14, 356,337 foreign residents have received a Covid-19 vaccine, and of them 107,106 have received both their shots. Of them, 27,028 are above the age of 60.
“Most of the expats vaccinated come from Myanmar, China, Cambodia, Laos, Japan, India, the Philippines, UK, France and the US,” he said.
Anutin said the Foreign Ministry will continue cooperating with other countries to procure more vaccines, citing the ongoing negotiations with Bhutan over a batch of AstraZeneca vaccines.
Meanwhile, foreigners with certificates showing they have received Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson jabs can enter Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox scheme, Anutin said. He added that the National Communicable Disease Committee is looking into allowing people who have taken Sputnik V jabs to enter the country soon.