CORONAVIRUS/More people to receive their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine

09/26/2021 04:59 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 26 (CNA) People aged 52 or older and who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine before July 23 will be able to get their second dose after Sept. 29, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday.

The CECC plans to begin distributing a new batch of 1.11 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to local governments on Sept. 29, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at the daily CECC press briefing.

They will be administered as a second dose to people who got their first AstraZeneca shot before July 23 and were born before 1970, Chen said.

Local health authorities will inform people who are eligible for the vaccine when and where they can get their jab, he added.

Earlier this month, from Sept. 15-23, people who got their first shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine before July 3 were allowed to get their second vaccine dose.

To date, nearly 12.2 million people, or 52.12 percent of Taiwan's 23.45 million population, have received one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, but only 9.1 percent, or 2.1 million people, have had the two doses needed to be fully vaccinated.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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