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Thailand Offers Older Foreign Nationals COVID-19 Vaccines

June 8, 2021 • 5:32 pm CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

Thailand's Department of Disease Control (DDC) announced on June 7, 2021, it launched a website for foreign nationals in the Bangkok and Pattaya areas to register for free COVID-19 vaccinations.  The current vaccination phase targets non-Thai nationals aged 60 and above and those with specific underlying health conditions.

The website notes there are only two vaccines presently offered: Sinovac's CoronaVac and AstraZeneca.  Both COVID-19 vaccines are approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization. 

The US Embassy Bangkok, Thailand Health Alert says 'Eligible U.S. citizens should first attempt to register at the hospital where they have a medical record.  If you currently do not have a medical record with a local hospital, the website lists other vaccination locations and their readiness status.'

On May 19, 2021, the U.S. CDC issued a Level 3 Travel Alert for Thailand, saying 'Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to Thailand. And unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to Thailand.'

Questions and concerns regarding vaccination and the registration website should be directed to DDC at [email protected].