CORONAVIRUS/CECC plans to administer over 3 million AstraZeneca doses next 3 weeks

07/15/2021 07:56 PM
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Taipei, July 15 (CNA) The 3.2 million people who have indicated their willingness to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will likely be able to receive their first dose in the next three weeks, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.

As of 5 p.m. on Thursday, more than 7.57 million people in Taiwan aged 18 or above have used the nationwide vaccination appointment system to register which brand of vaccine they wish to take and where they want to take it, Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥) said at a press briefing.

Of the total, 189,879 people, accounting for 2.5 percent of the people who have registered, said they were only willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, said Chen, who is also the deputy head of the CECC.

A little over 3.2 million people, or 42.31 percent of the total, said they were open to both the AstraZeneca vaccine and the Moderna vaccine, while 4.18 million people, or 55.19 percent, said they only wanted to get the Moderna vaccine, Chen said.

Speaking to reporters after the briefing, Chen said it is likely that the nearly 3.2 million people who have expressed a willingness to get the AstraZeneca vaccine will receive their first dose in the next three weeks.

Taiwan can now administer up to 1.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per week, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said.

Taiwan's vaccination appointment system was launched on July 8 but was initially available only for people aged 50 and older as well as those over the age of 18 who are at high risk of COVID-19 because of serious or rare illnesses or injuries.

Of these two groups, 930,061 people have made an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot in the coming week, according to the CECC.

From July 13, all Taiwanese nationals and residents born in or before 2003 have been able to register their information on the system.

People will begin to receive text messages informing them that they can make an official appointment to get a vaccine shot when the supply of the vaccine brand they have chosen is adequate.

Only one brand of vaccine will be administered each week, with AstraZeneca scheduled for the next four weeks, according to the CECC.

To date, 3.99 million people in Taiwan have received their first COVID-19 shot, which translates to 17 percent of the population, while 85,828 people, or 0.36 percent, have been fully vaccinated, CECC data shows.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Chen Chieh-ling and Chiang Yi-ching)

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