CORONAVIRUS/Taipei fines clinics for vaccinating non-priority individuals

06/22/2021 09:44 PM
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Deputy Taipei Mayor Huang Shan-shan speaks during the city
Deputy Taipei Mayor Huang Shan-shan speaks during the city's daily COVID-19 press briefing. Photo courtesy of Taipei City government

Taipei, June 22 (CNA) A pediatric clinic group in Taipei has been fined NT$2.3 million (US$82,177) for vaccinating 81 people who were not on the central government's priority list for COVID-19 shots, the city's Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan (黃珊珊) said Tuesday.

The Dianthus Medical Group was reported to have breached the regulations pertaining to COVID-19 vaccination priority, she said.

Upon investigation, it was found that four of Dianthus' pediatric clinics in Taipei had indeed administered COVID-19 shots to individuals who were not on the government’s priority list, Huang said at a news briefing on the city's COVID-19 prevention efforts.

At the four Dianthus clinics, 990 people received the COVID-19 shots, and 81 of them were not on the priority list, she said, citing the investigation.

As a result, the city government had fined the Dianthus Medical Group a total of NT$2.3 million, under the Communicable Disease Control Act, and removed its four pediatric clinics from the list of approved vaccination stations, Huang said.

In response, Dianthus Medical Group CEO Lin Tzu-hung (林思宏) said Tuesday that the group will appeal the city government's decision, in a bid to protect its right to provide medical care to its patients.

(By Hsiao Po-wen, Chen Yu-ting and Evelyn Kao)

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