Foreigners flock to get a Pfizer jab after ministry opened registration


MORE than 800 foreigners turned up at Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping centre today (Aug. 23) to get a Pfizer Covid shot after the Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department opened registration, TV Channel 7 said.

The hundreds of foreigners who showed up at this shopping centre’s vaccination station, operated in collaboration with Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, had got confirmation to do so after registering with the ministry.

This vaccination station, on the shopping centre’s sixth floor, is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Foreigners over 60 years of age or suffering from chronic illnesses are urged to register at while others such as businessmen, investors and those holding Elite Visa card of all age groups and residing across the country at

Meanwhile the Public Health Ministry said the daily tally of coronavirus cases dropped to 17,491 over the past 24 hours while there were 242 deaths, said.

Of the new batch of cases 17,093 emerged among the general public and 398 in prisons and detention centres.

The cumulative confirmed total since April 1 has now reached  1,037,923 and since the pandemic began 1,066,786.

Today’s 242 fatalities raised the death toll to 9,562.

Another  22,134 patients were cured taking total recoveries to 834,344 while 195,454 are undergoing treatment.


Top: Some foreigners clearing the paperwork before getting vaccinated in Pattaya today. Thai headline says, “Foreigners flock to get vaccinated after the Consular Department opened registration.” Photo: TV Channel 7

Home Page: Medical workers with Covid-19 vaccine bottle and syringe in front of a Pfizer logo. Photo: Jernej Furman (CC BY 2.0)


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