Advice to expats wishing to register for vaccination.

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Natapanu Nopakun, deputy director-general of the Information Department, advises expats who wish to register for vaccine to look into details before going to the venues because several inoculation schemes are being launched for foreign nationals and each has different conditions.

There is a booking platform for foreign nationals to register for the vaccination at Foreigners over 60 years of age or with seven chronic diseases are most likely to elevate their risk of achieving severe COVID-19. Prioritisation is given to expats who have any of the seven severe chronic diseases. These include respiratory illness, coronary artery disease, chronic kidney disease (5th stage), stroke, cancer being treated with chemotherapy, diabetes, and obesity (weighing more than 100kg or with a BMI of more than 35kg /m²).

Foreign nationals must submit their social security number attached to their work permit or passport to register for a vaccination.

Moreover, for an ex-pat residing in a holiday destination like Samui, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, and Phuket, there are various registration methods for booking a shot that is now accessible. For instance, ex-pats in Chiang Mai can book their jab at , and those in Phuket, on the other hand, can book a shot at the

The arrangements are differ based on the priorities established by the relevant authorities. Companies can also schedule vaccinations for foreign employees through the Social Security Office.

It’s worth mentioning that only Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines are presently available in Thailand. Due to restricted supply, they are unlikely to be offered a choice. However, the World Health Organization has certified both vaccinations for emergency use.

The Moderna vaccination is reportedly on its way for people who prefer alternative brands. The Private Hospital Association has indicated that a complete vaccination with the Moderna vaccine will cost about 3,800 nationwide, covering two doses, service costs, and insurance to tackle potential adverse effects. The vaccine’s first batch is anticipated to arrive in Thailand in October.

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