The Central Epidemic Command Center lowered the eligibility age for BNT to 44-year-olds and above. One doctor says there are many reasons the vaccination rate has gone down, but the advantages of getting vaccinated outweigh the disadvantages.
On the 12th, the Central Epidemic Command Center lowered BNT eligibility to 44-year-olds and above. Round 11 of vaccinations also includes 18-year-olds in Category 9 and 18- to 22-year-olds. The appointment period was also extended to 6 p.m. on the 13th. Doctors say there are many reasons the vaccination rate has gone down, but the advantages of getting vaccinated outweigh the disadvantages. In addition, vaccines reduce the risk of severe symptoms and death.
Lee Ping-ing, Advisor, Central Epidemic Command Center："The coronavirus is not going to leave this earth. In our lifetime, you will definitely be infected. The first time this happens, you have a 20 percent chance of severe symptoms and a 2-4 percent chance of death if you have not been vaccinated."
Central Epidemic Command Center chief Chen Shih-chung recently told lawmakers considerations for deciding whether to lower the alert level include unknown infection sources, medical response capabilities, public compliance, and global changes. However, one expert says the decision should be based on the two-dose vaccination coverage rate and the number of new cases per day.
Huang Li-min, Honorary Chair, Infectious Disease Society of Taiwan："...a two-dose vaccination rate of around 80 percent. If you're only going to raise or lower the alert level, the vaccination coverage rate is not that important right now. The most important thing is the daily infection rate."
Experts say COVID-19 has already weakened and the world has to learn to "coexist" with the virus. Therefore, people should wear masks in public even if the alert level is lowered. Taiwan's one-dose coverage rate is currently 58.72 percent. The CECC says it will launch mass vaccinations next month and hopes to get the two-dose coverage rate to 60 percent by the end of the year.
疫情指揮中心專家諮詢小組委員 李秉穎表示：「新冠病毒是不會離開這個世界的，在我們的一生中，你一定會得到新冠病毒感染，那第一次得到新冠病毒感染，在沒有疫苗接種的情形之下，就是有20%重症 2%到4%的死亡率。」