The "Phuket Sandbox" is now on track to be launched on 1 July 2021. The Ministry of Public Health is suggesting that the scheme for opening up the pilot province should be set up and prepared as follows: (1) an operation center should be set up to monitor the local COVID-19 situation; (2) local people should be informed and prepared, and their feedback and concerns must be taken into account; and (3) preventive measures must be implemented to prevent another outbreak and ensure the safety of the local residents and visitors. If the scheme works well, other provinces will follow the scheme soon. (18/06/2021)

CCSA has set preventive measures for film crews and TV production teams, as follows: limit the number of people on set to no more than 50 people; close contact scenes should be avoided; presenters and actors must continue to wear masks during filming, except when actors are on set and for the contestants in a singing contest, but they should have proper social distancing. (18/06/2021)

According to the general meeting of CCSA on 18 June 2021, six million doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be procured as planned for the month of June. In July, the Ministry of Public Health will acquire 10 million doses of the vaccines. In terms of vaccine distribution, Bangkok will provide 2.5 million doses in July, and Phuket will provide the second shot of the vaccine to 70% of its population. (18/06/2021)

Starting from 1 July 2021, Thai nationals who are coming from abroad have to undergo the Alternative Quarantine (AQ) at their own cost. However, the cost for COVID-19 testing during the quarantine for Thai nationals will be subsidized by the Government. (18/06/2021)

CCSA has approved easing the restrictions and preventive measures across the country, starting from 21 June 2021. There will be a readjustment for the zoning in each province. Now, there are four provinces in the Maximum controlled areas with highly strict measures, namely Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan. The Maximum controlled areas include 11 provinces, the Controlled areas 9 provinces, and the Under high surveillance areas 55 provinces. (18/06/2021)

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has revealed figures for the number of vaccinations that people have received. On 16 June 2021, as of 18.00 hr, 222,967 people were administered a vaccination. The number of doses given since 7 June is 2,903,262. The total number of shots received since 28 February is 7,003,783. (18/06/2021)

The Thai Hotel Associations Southern Chapter has confirmed that more than 100 hotels in Phuket have passed the SHA+, or Safety & Health Administration Plus standard, and are ready for the launch of the tourism sandbox campaign in the province on 1 July 2021. Phuket has stepped up preparations for the 1 July launch of its "Sandbox" scheme, by rehearsing immigration and COVID-19 control measures to be implemented at its international airport, three seaports and security checkpoints on the road leading to the island. (17/06/2021)

The Ministry of Public Health has clarified the questions about taking the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine with a different brand. Even though some countries have collected information about the effectiveness of the vaccination with different vaccine brands, there is no conclusion that it is more effective than getting the same brand. So the ministry has recommended that the public should get the same vaccine brand for both doses until there is more information about this topic. (17/06/2021)

ChulaCov19 has begun its first round of human trials on 14 June 2021. 72 volunteer test subjects aged between 18-75 will be divided into three groups to receive differing doses in order to test the concentration required to bestow immunity and the formulas effects on people from different age range. If everything goes well, ChulaCov19 will be the first mRNA-type vaccine, similar to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, developed locally by Thai researchers and doctors. (17/06/2021)

Regarding the slight glitch that recently occurred on the thailandintervac.com website, for which some had expressed concerns that it might breach the personal data of those who had registered for vaccination appointments, the Ministry of Public Health had been informed of the problem and immediately took action to fix the said malfunction. The website is now back in order and foreign nationals can register for vaccination as normal. (17/06/2021)

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