French embassy in Bangkok says vaccination of its citizens in Thailand has not been finalised

(Photo by Graeme Robertson / various sources / AFP)

The French embassy in Bangkok has issued a statement saying the process of procuring vaccines for its citizens in Thailand has not yet been finalised and that it is too soon to make any announcement on the matter.

The embassy posted the statement on its website saying that the embassy has been working, since the start of the pandemic, to enable all possible vaccine options for the French community in Thailand, within the framework of the health, legal and logistical constraints imposed on all.

Communiqué de l’ambassade de France au sujet de la vaccination de la communauté française en Thaïlande.

L’Ambassade de France est mobilisée depuis le début de la pandémie, pour permettre à la communauté française en Thaïlande de disposer de toutes les options vaccinales envisageables dans le cadre des contraintes sanitaires, juridiques, et logistiques qui s’imposent à tous.

The statement said that discussions are underway regarding thepossible vaccination of French nationals and their spouses, aged 55 and over, with the Janssen Ad26.CoV2.S vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, but that nothing has been finalized yet, adding “An announcement is premature at this stage but, when the time comes, the French community will, of course, be the first to be informed.”

Yesterday, Thailand’s public health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, told the press that he had met with the French Ambassador to Thailand and that the embassy was discussing the process of importing 10,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for French nationals aged 45+ in Thailand.

Anutin said that the department of Disease Control agrees to the basic principle and that the vaccines could arrive by at the end of June. He added that any country which is able to take care of its citizens can import vaccines which are registered with Thailand’s FDA to inoculate their nationals.

Anutin said an inoculation provision by an embassy can be undertaken at any medical facility and does not need to be on embassy grounds.

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