CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan temporarily suspending self-paid COVID-19 vaccination program

05/15/2021 05:25 PM
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Taipei, May 15 (CNA) People who have not made appointments for a self-paid COVID-19 vaccination will have to wait for the next round of vaccinations as the program is currently being suspended, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Saturday.

However, those who have already booked with any of the several designated hospitals across Taiwan to be vaccinated will not be affected, he said.

According to Chen, who is also head of the Central Epidemic Command Center, the number of people getting vaccinated for COVID-19 has hit a new daily high, as 32,251 people received a COVID-19 vaccine in Taiwan on Friday, bringing the total to 186,149 doses administered.

Taiwan on March 22 began administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, with Chen among several others to receive the first shots in Taiwan that day.

On Saturday, Chen said he will also wait for the next batch of vaccines to arrive in the country before taking his second jab.

To date, Taiwan has taken delivery of 117,000 vaccine doses purchased directly from AstraZeneca, which are due to expire on June 15, as well as 199,200 doses of the same brand supplied through COVAX, which will expire on May 31.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Wu Hsin-yun, Yu Hsiao-han and Ko Lin)


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