AZ Second Dose Seems to Have Slowed 第13期疫苗開打 AZ第二劑疑現緩打潮

As the 13th round of vaccinations has started, the vaccination pace of AZ vaccines seems to slow down as some believe the government might start allowing mixed doses soon. 
 


More than 870,000 doses of BNT vaccine donated by Hon Hai's Yongling Foundation, TSMC, and Tzu Chi arrived at Taoyuan Airport at 6am on Friday. They will be delivered to the public after being inspected and sealed. The 13th round of vaccinations started on Friday, Nov. 5. Taipei City has opened 6 medium-sized vaccination stations to administer shots. However, the vaccination pace of AZ vaccines has slowed down. Current AZ supplies allow for 800 people per day to receive shots, but actual reservations have only been 35 percent of capacity.

Mr. Hung, Second Dose of AZ Recipient: “A lot of people are waiting for mixed vaccines. I just wanted to get it over with. I'm too lazy to wait.”

Ms. Liu, Second Dose of AZ Recipient: “I was ok after getting my first dose of AZ. So I thought I'll just get my second shot.”

The vaccination pace has dropped recently. This could be attributed to the slowdown of the local epidemic situation and the expected psychology of waiting on mixing vaccines. Additionally, there have been multiple reports of suspected deaths after vaccination, which may also be one of the reasons for the slowing vaccination pace.

Chen Mei-ju, Deputy Superintendent, Taipei City Hospital Heping Branch: “Recently, there have been some deaths related to vaccines, which will cause vaccination pace to slow down.”

As the coverage rate of the first vaccine dose has exceeded 70 percent domestically, some experts suggest Taiwan recognize and certify international vaccines, including those made in China. Taiwan should follow the global pace in reopening as there will be more travelers entering and leaving the country in the future.

Huang Kao-pin, Deputy Superintendent, China Medical University Hospital: “WHO has recognized Sinovac and Sinopharm (vaccine). So under these unavoidable circumstances, we will recognize them. We will log them on the yellow vaccination cards.”

Experts emphasized that at this stage, the rate of full vaccination coverage in Taiwan is only 30 percent. It should be raised to 80 percent as soon as possible. Taiwan can open to business travelers in the first step if it certifies international vaccines, allowing the borders to gradually open. This will allow various industries to resume economic and tourism activities quickly.
 

 

 

又有BNT疫苗到貨!由鴻海永齡、台積電及慈濟等企業民間團體,共同採購捐贈的BNT疫苗87萬多劑,週五清晨6點多、運抵桃園機場,待封緘檢驗後,將給民眾接種。而第13期疫苗接種也從週五開打,台北市特別加開6處中型接種站,方便民眾就近施打,不過AZ第二劑、似乎出現緩打潮,原本單日接種量能、可達800人,但實際預約只有3成5。

接種AZ第二劑民眾洪先生表示:「很多人是在等混打嘛,我想說,打一打就算了,懶得等了。」
 

接種AZ第二劑民眾劉小姐表示:「AZ的話,我第一劑打,一切都OK,那就順著打,這樣子。」

除了本土疫情趨緩,及混打預期心理,近來出現多起、疑似疫苗接種後死亡通報事件,也可能是緩打潮原因之一。

北市聯醫和平院區副院長陳美如表示:「最近近期之內有出現一些,死亡的病例或是相關的個案,也會引起緩打潮的部分。」

由於國內第一劑疫苗涵蓋率已超過七成,有專家建議,台灣應推動國劑疫苗認證,包括承認中國製疫苗,尤其將來會有更多旅客出入境,台灣與國際接軌腳步、不該慢半拍。

中國醫藥大學附設醫院副院長黃高彬表示:「WHO它已經承認科興跟國藥(疫苗),所以在不得已的情況之下,我們才會(承認),假如說它已經有小黃卡的時候,可以幫它登錄的動作。」

專家強調,現階段國人第二劑疫苗覆蓋率,只有三成,應儘快提升到八成,若有國劑疫苗認證,第一步可優先開放商務客,讓邊境逐步解封,也讓各產業及早恢復經濟及旅遊等活動。