CORONAVIRUS/Roll-out plan for 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to be announced

06/01/2021 09:22 PM
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June 2: Taiwan aiming to soon administer 1 million COVID-19 shots per week

Taipei, June 1 (CNA) The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday said it will announce a roll-out plan for the 2 million vaccine doses that are expected to arrive in Taiwan before the end of this month.

The CECC has prepared a large-scale inoculation plan, which will be announced Wednesday and will ensure each batch of vaccines can be administered as soon as they arrive in Taiwan, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said.

The CECC had said the 2 million doses will be of the Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Taiwan has so far received 726,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, including a batch of 410,400 doses on May 19. The 410,400 doses were distributed in two separate batches across cities and counties last week, with the first numbering around 150,000 doses and the second 260,000, Chen said.

Of the 260,000 doses, the two cities hit hardest by the pandemic -- Taipei and New Taipei -- received 54,000 and 39,000 respectively, according to the CECC.

Taichung and Kaohsiung each received 27,000, and Tainan 16,000, while the rest went to other municipalities, it said.

Chen said the second batch of vaccines were administered mainly to people on the first to third priority vaccination list, which includes medical personnel, front-line epidemic prevention workers and those with higher COVID-19 exposure due to their occupations, such as pilots and flight attendants.

The distribution, he said, was rolled-out this way so everyone in the first three priority groups in Taipei and New Taipei at least receive their first dose of vaccination, while those in the first priority group in other cities and counties also receive their first jab.

According to the latest CECC data, 34,315 people received COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday.

The CECC said it also received information about 18 new cases where people complained of discomfort after their inoculation, two of which also displayed adverse symptoms such as head pain, numbness in the limbs, difficulty breathing and itchy skin.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Chen Chien-ling, Chiang Huei-chun and Ko Lin)

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