44-year-olds and Above Now Eligible for BNT 11輪預約延長至下午6時 BNT加開44歲

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.

 

 

新冠疫苗全台如火如荼開打中,疫情指揮中心12號晚間緊急宣布,第11期BNT疫苗預約接種、不如預期,因此除了18歲以上第九類對象、18到22歲,再增加44歲以上民眾可預約接種,預約時間也延長到13號週三下午6點結單;醫師表示,民眾出現緩打或拒打潮原因很多,不過整體而言,接種疫苗還是利大於弊,可降低重症及死亡率。

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。」

由於國內疫情趨緩,外界關注,疫情警戒二級、何時可降到一級?指揮官陳時中日前在立法院透露,降級需考量不明感染源個案數、醫療應變能力、民眾遵從度,以及國際疫情變化;不過,有專家認為,疫苗二劑接種率及每日感染人數,才是降級關鍵指標。

台灣感染症醫學會名譽理事長 黃立民表示:「疫苗接種率,大概2劑疫苗,接種要八成左右。那如果只是升降級的話呢!以目前來講,疫苗接種率就不是最重要的,最重要是每日感染人數才是最重要的。」

專家強調,新冠病毒已逐漸輕症化,「與病毒共存」已成為世界趨勢,即使疫情警戒降級,民眾也得要把口罩戴好;而指揮中心則表示,目前國內疫苗人口涵蓋率為58.72%,下個月將展開更大型的接種計畫,希望在今年底前,達到疫苗第二劑涵蓋率六成的目標。

 

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