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Krabi Gets Another 500,000 Vaccine Doses as Reopening Nears

Krabi Province has received another half-million doses of coronavirus vaccines as the southern province prepares to reopen to foreign tourists.

Thialand has administered more than 57.3 million vaccine doses, although most of them are only first-shots and a good portion are third doses of boosters needed to offset less-effective vaccines.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn joined Krabi Gov. Phutthiphong Sirimat Thursday to follow up on the Covid-19 situation in the province and its vaccination campaign to prepare for a Nov. 1 reopening.

Krabi is among the first provinces marked for reopening by the government, which hoped to reduce the stagnation in the national economy by reopening various areas to international tourists.

In Krabi, the reopening has already been piloted on Phi Phi Island, Koh Ngai and Railay Beach –three areas made available to tourists who entered Thailand via the Phuket “sandbox” quarantine-waiver scheme and have spent 7 days in Phuket.

Anutin said vaccination coverage of 100 percent has been achieved in the three pilot areas while province-wide coverage has reached 35.7 percent. Koh Lanta, which is set to become the next locale that gets opened up to sandbox tourists, already has vaccination coverage of 90.2 percent.

On this occasion, the health minister oversaw the delivery of 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines. The shots will be used to bring the vaccination rate of Krabi province to 100 percent.