Photo Pattaya, Thailand. Credit Jech on Unsplash
Additional Covid-19 vaccine doses are being requested in a further drive to reopen the tourism industry in Thailand.
Thai Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome has confirmed that the Tourism and Sports Ministry has agreed to request the additional vaccines for a number of provinces key to the tourism industry.
These provinces include Koh Samui in Surat Thani, Pattaya in Chon Buri, Chiang Mai and Phuket who have all already received the first batches of vaccine; Koh samui 2,500 doses, Pattaya 4,700, Chiang Mai 3,500 and Phuket 4,000.
Second and third batches are already planned for the areas in June and September respectively. At this point the current plan is for Koh Samui to have received 34,500 doses, Pattaya 102,700, Chiang Mai 83,500 and Phuket 68,000.
The rollout of vaccines in tourism areas is seen as being key in the country’s desire to safely reopen the borders to international travellers. There is reluctance to reopen until significant numbers of people in those areas have been inoculated.
Koh Samui and Phuket have both already called for increased supplies to help the local and national economy recover, pre-pandemic tourism accounted for almost 20% of GDP in Thailand. Phuket also proposed a plan to obtain private supplies to help vaccinate 70% of the adult population by the third quarter of 2021.
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