Claims that Thais could enter Laos and receive free vaccinations against Covid-19 have been labeled fake news by Thailand’s public health ministry.
The claims, circulating in Thai social media, suggested that Thai citizens could visit neighboring Laos under a tourist visa and receive a free dose of Sinopharm.
The fake news stated that the Thai government had failed to import Pfizer and therefore tourists visiting Laos could receive free vaccinations with a choice of Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, or Sinopharm.
Meanwhile, a statement by the Thai Ministry of Public Health labeled the claim as fake, saying that Laos remains closed and is not accepting the entry of tourists.
Thailand is embroiled in a massive second wave of Covid-19, with a total of 116,949 cases and 678 fatalities as a result of the virus.
Vaccines have just only begun arriving in Thailand this week, with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha putting a halt on walk-in services for vaccines, causing concern among foreigners who are now unsure when they will be able to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.