Vaccination Spaced Out in Changhua to Prevent Crowding 彰化首創"生日分流"打疫苗 民眾反應正面

County and city governments are making effort to boost the vaccination rate. Chunghua is using its residents' birthdates to control the flow of people while Nantou County is doing everything it to improve its low vaccination rate. 


AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccination has begun on the 16th in Changhua and will go on for the next 6 days. People packed into the vaccination station early in the morning, waiting to get vaccinated according to their own unique set of numbers which is their birthdate.

Changhua resident1:”I was born on February 20, 1968. (When did you get here? Did anyone inform you?) I was told to arrive somewhere between 8:30pm to 9:30pm.”

Changhua resident2:”This is great. (Why is that?) This is just right, without having too many people in here all at once. (How was it before?) It was packed, too dangerous.” 

About 1000 people can get vaccinated per day at the largest vaccination station in Changhua, with an average of about 200 people per hour. To prevent having too many people gather at the station all at once, authorities decided to have people coming in at different times according to their birth month. For example, those who were born January through March were notified to arrive at the station ten to twenty past the hour. Those who were born April through June were notified to arrive twenty to half past the hour, so on and so forth.

Shang Hsiao-ching,Deputy Director, Public Health Bureau, Changhua County:”This was done to disperse the crowd at the vaccination station; to lower people's anxiety about coming in contact with large crowds. We do ask the public to please abide by our method.”

Changhua resident3:”Spacing people out is a good idea so people won't be up against each other at the station. That is better protection.”

On the contrary, authorities in Nantou are worried about not having enough people showing up for vaccination. There are 37,755 COVID-19 vaccine doses left as of July 16, and that is 40.7 percent of doses received for injections. Currently, Nantou has the highest vaccine leftover rate in the country. The county government has sent out 39,163 notification slips to its residents to encourage more to come out and receive their shots.

Hung Jui-chih, Secretary-general, Nantou County Government:”You don't have to line up and you won't have to be out in the sun or rain. You won't have to worry about crowding either since we will be stretching our time out for vaccination.”

Nantou resident4:”I have been a bit apprehensive, I hear things from other people.(So were you afraid of getting vaccinated.) Vaccines are now available here, so I got one anyhow.” 

The Nantou County Government said the low vaccination rate it has been experiencing could be due to the aging and less tech-savvy population. Local authorities now, however, are confident that they can administer the rest of the vaccines by the 22nd.

 

 

彰化16號起一連6天開打AZ疫苗,一大早接種站就出現人潮,每個人都有一套自己專屬的通關密碼。

民眾1:「我57年2月20啊。(所以你時間何時到,有跟你講嗎?)18點半到9點半。」

民眾2:「讚 !(怎麼說?)這樣剛剛好,不會太多人。(以前是怎樣?)太多人不好,危險喔!」

彰化最大的接種站一天可打1000人,平均一小時打200人,為避免民眾太早來等造成群聚,首創「生日分流」分批施打,例如生日月份在1到3月的人,到達接種場所的時間為預約時段的10到20分,4到6月可在20到30分的時候到,以此類推。

彰化縣衛生局副局長 尚筱菁:「最主要的目的是要減少人潮聚集,減少現場人的群聚,減少民眾擔心。我們呼籲民眾配合,生日分流的做法。」

民眾3:「分流不錯啊,比較不會人擠人,防疫做得比較好。」

彰化怕太多人群聚,南投則是怕沒人來,目前剩餘量3萬7755劑,剩餘率40.7%,居各縣市之冠。縣府表示近期已發出3萬9163張接種通知單,希望擺脫施打率墊底的窘境。

南投縣政府秘書長 洪瑞智:「不用排隊,也不用風吹雨打日曬,這樣也可以避免群聚,所以我們諸多的考量,就是讓施打的時間稍微延長。」

民眾4:「會怕,聽人家說會怕啊!(所以不敢打?)現在打了,我來打好了。」

南投縣府表示,先前施打率低與人口老化和農業社會型態有關,但有信心在22號前將剩餘疫苗全部打光。

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