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Health ministry to offer Covid vaccination nationwide – free for expats, tourists pay

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Good news if you are looking for a boost vaccine for Covid 19. Thailand’s health ministry is to create Covid vaccination centres around the country, at least one per province, according to a Bangkok Post report. Vaccination will be free to foreign residents, while tourists will have to pay.

Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, permanent secretary for health, says every province should have at least one vaccination centre, pointing out that many foreign visitors travel beyond the major tourist provinces.

For expats, vaccination remains free of charge, with Opas adding that government policy is still to vaccinate all residents in the kingdom, whether Thai or foreign.

According to the Bangkok Post report, the Department of Disease Control runs a vaccination service at the Bang Rak Medical Centre, in Bangkok’s Bangrak district. An additional vaccination service is provided at the Institute for Urban Disease Control and Prevention in the district of Bang Khen, as well as at clinics in Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri and Songkhla provinces.

In addition, Dr Thongchai Keeratihuttayakorn, director-general of medical services, says his department offers a vaccination service at Lerdsin Hospital, Rajavithi Hospital and Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital in Bangkok, as well as at Chiangmai Neurological Hospital.

The charge to foreign tourists who wish to be vaccinated against Covid-19 while in the kingdom is 800 baht for AstraZeneca and 1,000 baht per dose for Pfizer. In addition, there is a medical service fee of 380 baht.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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