AZ Vaccines Available to Those That Want to Pay 自費AZ疫苗預約反應熱烈 今首日開打

Apr. 21 was the first day that citizens can pay out of pocket to get an AZ vaccine and reservation lists were full at medical centers and hospitals. Far Eastern Memorial Hospital began administering the first of an estimated 160 vaccines in the morning. Most people that got the shot said the side effects associated with AZ vaccines are worth the risk and they feel it's safer to get the shot before travelling.


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.
 
 
 
民眾仔細聽取醫生的叮嚀,並由醫師評估適不適合接種,最後再簽下疫苗自費接種意願書,新北亞東醫院一早開放預約的民眾自費施打AZ疫苗,每劑600元。因為工作需要常出國的洪先生,率先接種第一針。
 
民眾 洪先生表示:「因為我們如果在第一天過來打,然後可以先觀察整個後續的情況,萬一有副作用的話,不會說,出了國之後,然後還要去請求國外的救援。」
 
權衡過感染的風險和打疫苗後可能發生的副作用,洪先生認為還是先施打疫苗後再出國比較安心,亞東醫院預計首日整天下來會有160人報到接種。
 
亞東醫院家庭醫學科醫師 翁資閔表示:「民眾有反映說,就是想要再掛號。然後所以我們一直有在協調不同的醫師,然後可以先過來支援,然後都有加開診次。」
 
民眾 蘇先生表示:「希望政府可以放寬更多的額度。」
 
各大醫學中心及施打疫苗的醫院大多都預約額滿,顯示不少民眾對疫苗有信心也等了許久,上午十點,衛福部花蓮醫院也開始接受民眾施打,每週一到週六上午都有門診提供自費接種AZ疫苗,每劑436元。
 
民眾表示:「當然也有少許的擔心,可是我也看過很多研究,也看過一些網路跟雜誌上的解釋,這個(副作用)機會,機率是非常小的。」
 
這一波適用對象包括商務、出國工作、留學及就醫等需求者,而且不限國籍,雖然國內公費接種率不如預期,但自費接種第一天反應熱烈,指揮中心將視國內疫苗供貨跟公費接種情形而定是否再釋出更多疫苗。
 

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