The CECC warns unregistered clinical labs commercially conducting tests for the public risk violating laws.
Presenter: Internet celebrity Liu Yu paid out of pocket for an antibody test after getting a Medigen vaccine, and found the antibody level is low, leading to worries that the vaccine may not offer very much protection.
On Sept. 8, internet celebrity Liu Yu posted the results of an antibody test he paid out of pocket for 15 days after getting a Medigen vaccine. The results showed an IgG value of 35.4 and low antibody levels. The post spurred many netizens to try to get their own tests done at hospitals.
Ho Shu-an, Section Chief, Department of Health, Taipei City:”The central government currently bans hospitals from performing self-paid antibody tests for the public. Hospitals that perform antibody tests without the department's approval are breaking the law.”
According to the Central Epidemic Command Center, only flight crews are allowed to get self-paid antibody tests, and only 12 hospitals in Taiwan are allowed to provide this service. Liu says he only wanted to know if the Medigen vaccine he got is actually effective.
Liu Yu, Internet Celebrity:”I didn't know this was against the law. If this law really exists, I would have paid attention to it. I wouldn't want (the hospital) to get fined, but I care about my own health too.”
Lin Si-hung, COO, Dianthus Group:”Getting this test done isn't illegal. If people think the payment amount is the issue, then we respect the city government's regulations. If they want to fine us, they can go ahead. We respect them. I don't have any opinion one way or the other.”
Some doctors say the Tsai administration should lift the ban because people have a right to get antibody tests and see the results.
Wang Jen-hsien, Chair, Taiwan Counter Contagious Diseases Society:”We hope public health agencies can allow hospitals to provide this kind of service. They should not infringe on citizen's right to know.”
The CECC says everyone will have a different antibody level after getting a vaccine because everyone is different, and it only started allowing flight crews to get tested out of pocket because of the Delta variant and breakthrough infections. It says it has no plans to allow testing at the present time.