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The long-awaited national vaccine rollout in Thailand could finally get underway next week, as supplies arrive ahead of schedule. Inoculation can begin once the doses have been distributed to walk-in vaccination centres, Natapanu Nopakun of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says. Provinces that have already taken delivery of vaccine doses can open walk-in centres and begin vaccination immediately.
The government is also working on a version of the Mor Prom app that will allow foreigners to register for the free vaccination program. The app will enable foreigners to register and get an appointment at a vaccination facility once it is launched. They will be accepted at any walk-in centre once they are functional, but Natapanu points out that registration is still the preferred option. He says the government is working on an English-language version of the app as well as other language versions.
Several independent institutions are supporting the national vaccine rollout. Rangsit University in Pathum Thani, Thailand's central province, has a survey of residents in a huge housing development that surrounds its campus and found that the majority of them supported vaccination. 25,000 residents in the development will get 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine beginning in June. It’s reported that appointment slots filled up within hours of registration opening yesterday, with 1,000 people confirmed for vaccination a day