The fourth dose booster injections are being rolled out to the general public

PHUKET: Members of the general public in Phuket can now begin receiving their fourth injection of the vaccine to further protect themselves from COVID-19, announced Dr. Witita Jang-iam, deputy director of Vachira Phuket Hospital.

A woman receives a fourth dose injection of Pfizer at Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town yesterday (February 23). Photo: OPSP

“In January, there were the third dose vaccination injections for people who had received injections of AstraZeneca + AstraZeneca, Sinovac + AstraZeneca and Sinovac + Sinovac”, explained Dr Witita during a meeting of the Committee Phuket Communicable Diseases at the Phuket Provincial Hall on Tuesday (February 22).

“Also in January, we carried out the fourth dose of vaccination of medical personnel, frontline personnel and those at risk in the category of group 608: people aged 60 and over and patients with one of the seven congenital diseases. [chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic renal disease, stroke, obesity, cancer and diabetes]as well as women over 12 weeks pregnant,” she said.

“This month [Feb]we have started fourth dose vaccinations for the general public and children aged 5 to 11,” she added.

Registration of children was mainly done via schools while vaccination injections for children were administered at the airport, Jungceylon Shopping Mall in Patong, Saphan Hin Gymnasium and Central Floresta Phuket, Dr Witita From Target 28,801 children aged 5-11 to be vaccinated, so far 5,663 or 19.7% had received vaccination shots, she added

Dr Witita reminded those wishing to receive the third and fourth doses of vaccines to register via the PhuketMustWin website.

It should be noted that all announcements by Phuket officials informing the public of vaccination campaigns held at various locations on the island continue to be in Thai only, despite more than a year of rolling out vaccination injections.

Anyone non-Thai who is not constantly monitoring government PR channels for Thai-only updates on where and when specific vaccines will be given to a limited number of people at each event should constantly return to the site. PhuketMustWin’s website to confirm their eligibility status to receive a third or fourth booster injection.

The PhuketMustWin website offers an English language to help foreigners register to be vaccinated with booster doses. As such, it is the only source of information in English for non-Thai foreigners regarding which vaccination shots they are eligible for and how such foreigners can receive a vaccination shot.

English-speaking foreigners can register to receive the third and fourth dose vaccination injections via the section “Booster vaccination appointment for foreigners”.

The website still has the registration sections “Appointment for the first dose of vaccination for foreigners” and “Registration of vaccination for foreigners without a work permit”.

Expatriates and other foreigners who register to receive booster shots are advised to bring the following documents with them to their vaccination appointments:

  • Original passport, visa and original work permit
  • A copy of the passport, visa and a copy of the work permit
  • Copy of the vaccination certificate with identification number (13 digits)
  • Patient form
  • Vaccination consent form (downloadable from the site)
  • Personal drinking water and a pen
  • Phone to show your appointment confirmation on the PhuketMustWin website

People are asked to wear a short-sleeved shirt or a sleeveless shirt to make the vaccination process as quick as possible.

According to the latest update from the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) on the mass vaccination campaign, out of the target population of 539,183 people to be vaccinated, 493,481 (91.52%) received their first injection. vaccine and 470,394 people (87.24%) received two vaccine injections.

So far, 316,260 people (58.66%) have received a third dose booster injection and 107,041 people (33.85%) have received a fourth dose vaccination injection.