The government is going all out to boost the full vaccination rate before the Lunar New Year, as the registration for the latest round of vaccination has opened both online and at hospitals and clinics for the very first time. The CECC is also considering shortening the hotel quarantine period for fully vaccinated overseas nationals returning Taiwan.
Registration for the 14th round of vaccinations opened at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11 with dual-track appointments available for the first time. This meant citizens were no longer at the mercy of the government platform and could directly make an appointment with a hospital or clinic. With the holidays approaching and quarantine hotel rooms booked solid, the Central Epidemic Command Center may allow fully vaccinated travelers to complete the back half of their 14-day quarantine at home. One doctor says the idea is feasible because people with breakthrough infections are generally less infectious.
Zen Lin, Pediatrician: “It's not as strict as 14+0 or 10+4, but Taiwan's two-dose coverage rate should be 60 to 70 percent by the new year. In other words, Taiwan will be safer then than it is now.”
The 7+7 option would only be available to people at least 14 days removed from their second dose. There are concerns about disease prevention breaches with the shorter mandatory hotel stay, but an expert says everything hinges on whether citizens can be trusted to follow the rules.
Huang Li-min, Honorary Chair, Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan: “The key to going from 10+4 to 7+7 is the back four or seven days. Will travelers follow all the guidelines they are supposed to, and not go out or have contact with their family? If they stay at home alone like they are supposed to, then even 14 days of home quarantine would not cause any problem.”
CECC chief Chen Shih-chung says relevant details including vaccine brands will be announced in coming days.