Prachuap Khiri Khan requests additional 210,000 COVID-19 vaccines


Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial Public Health Office has requested an additional 210,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses in a bid to fully vaccinate 70 percent of the province.

The request comes just two weeks before Hua Hin is set to reopen to international foreign tourists.

On Friday (Sept 16) provincial public health chief Dr. Suriya Kuharat revealed that a formal request has been made for 210,000 additional vaccine doses.

Dr. Suriya said the additional vaccines will be enough to ensure 70 percent of the population of the entire province will be vaccinated.

By reaching the 70 percent vaccination target, this is likely to result in more districts throughout the province being opened to tourism, Dr. Suriya said.

However, there are also other factors to consider in reopening other districts, including ensuring businesses that operate in the tourism industry are awarded the SHA and SHA Plus safety certification from the provincial Tourism Authority.

A drive is currently under way to ensure businesses meet the SHA safety standards, which officials have said is essential in the reopening in order to ensure safety, limit the spread of the virus and build confidence among tourists who may visit the province.

Dr. Suriya also gave an update on the COVID-19 situation in the province, particularly in Hua Hin which has reported the highest cumulative total of infections of any district in the province.

Currently health officials are dealing with a cluster at the Royal Thai Army Sergeant School in Hua Hin district, which has resulted in a total of 190 cases, out of a total of 1,900 people tested.

Dr. Suriya said that high risk people from the cluster have been sent to quarantine, and given a substance of Povidone-Iodine concentrate of 0.6%, which is used to kill viruses in the nasal cavity in the high-risk groups during quarantine, making the outbreak less widespread.

Meanwhile, the cluster at Prachuap Prison has now resulted in a total of 500 confirmed cases out of 2,300 inmates.

Due to the increasing number of cases linked to the prison, there is a temporary restriction on people visiting and leaving. The restrictions will be in place for 28 days from Sept 20.

Infected inmates continue to be placed in quarantine so not to mix with the rest of the prison population.