Patients are asked to sign the payment and consent form at Far Eastern Memorial Hospital before getting an AZ vaccine, which costs them NT$600 per shot. Mr. Hung, who frequently travels for work, was the first patient in line.
If we come get the shot on the first day, we can see what side effects develop before the next time we travel so we don't develop side effects while overseas.
Hung says he wanted to get the vaccine before the next time he had to travel overseas. The hospital estimated it would give around 160 shots on the first day.
We are coordinating with different doctors in case people who get the shot develop side effects, so they can get treated as soon as possible.
I hope the government can make more vaccines available.
Most of the medical centers and hospitals administering vaccines had full reservation slots the first day. Hualien Hospital has opened a morning out-of-pocket vaccination clinic running from Mondays to Saturdays. Vaccines cost NT$436 each.
Of course I have concerns (about safety), but I've done my homework. I've read online and magazine articles about how the risk of (side effects) is really low.
Although people eligible for a free AZ vaccine were generally unwilling to get the shot, those that have to travel for work, school or medical treatment seem more than willing to get the vaccine despite having to pay for it. The Central Epidemic Command Center says it may or may not release more vaccines based on supply.