Hua Hin vaccine rollout gathers pace but still way short of vaccination target

Mr. Montree Chuphu, Deputy Mayor of Hua Hin, receiving a dose of the Sinopharm vaccine

After a slow start, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in Hua Hin appears to be finally gathering pace.

Health officials in Hua Hin and throughout Prachuap Khiri Khan have made considerable progress in the number of vaccinations administered to people in recent days.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, almost 20,000 people in the province received a COVID-19 jab.

This was helped by Hua Hin Municipality receiving an allocation of the Sinopharm vaccine it ordered from the Chulabhorn Royal Academy.

On Wednesday morning, the first of the vaccines were administered, with one of the first jabs being given to Mr. Montree Chuphu, Deputy Mayor of Hua Hin.

The majority of the vaccines were given to people in ‘high risk’ groups and others registered as living in Hua Hin.

Hua Hin Municipality purchased the vaccines after local mayor Mr Nopporn Wutthikul announced his intention to help with the vaccine rollout in the town.

In total, 27,500 people will receive a Sinopharm vaccine courtesy of Hua Hin Municipality.

Vaccines will be administered between 25 August – 4 September 2021 at Hua Hin Hospital, officials confirmed.

Despite the progress made this week in administering vaccines, the province is still some way short of its reaching target of vaccinating 70 percent of the local population before October 1 – the date when it is hoped Hua Hin will open to vaccinated foreign tourists.

According to provincial public health director Dr. Suriya Kuharat, as of August 25, just 16.12% of the local population are fully vaccinated (have received two or more vaccine doses) against COVID-19.

Dr. Suriya also said 34.54% of the total population of the province, some 223,108 people, have received one jab.