Taiwan On Alert for Omicron Variant 耶誕.跨年節慶多 Omicron可能台灣現蹤

The latest review results regarding vaccination injury compensation have been announced. The two cases have been confirmed to be related to the AZ vaccines. Meanwhile, the CECC Commander Chen Shih-chung said they would do their best to detect and contain Omicron cases. 


Individuals who experience severe adverse effects after having received COVID-19 vaccination can now apply for vaccine injury compensation from the government. Family members of individuals who tragically lost their lives from vaccination can also apply. The Ministry of Health and Welfare's vaccine injury compensation case review on Nov. 18 revealed 38 recent cases of severe adverse effects. Two are confirmed to be AZ-related.

Chen Shih-chung, CECC Commander: “We reviewed about 38 cases on the 18th. Two cases are determined to be AZ-related, and one is uncertain. We've decided to hand out NT$65,000 in compensation for these three cases, and NT$1.5 million in funeral service support for other cases.”

The heavily mutated new coronavirus variant Omicron poses a very high global risk of infection surges, the World Health Organization said on Nov. 29. A growing number of countries have reported Omicron cases. Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has added four more countries to the list of high travel risks for COVID-19. 


With Christmas, year-end, and Lunar New Year celebration events coming up, would Taiwan be at risk for Omicron in Dec.? CECC Commander Chen Shih-chung said it may be possible.

Chen Shih-chung, CECC Commander: “I don't rule out the possibility of receiving import Omicron cases in Taiwan, but we would do our best to detect and contain them at the border. Taiwan has received about 190 people coming from South Africa and more than 200 people from the 6 high COVID-19 risk countries during the last month. It is still under our capacity for quarantine and pandemic control. I believe we'll receive fewer visitors and people returning from South Africa this month, mainly because the Amsterdam airport is closed and not so much because of Omicron.”

Inoculations of the third dose for adults can begin after Jan. 1 of 2022, CECC said. Medical experts suggest that people should all be vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine for their third shot. Chen said there needs to be more review and analysis of global health reports on the results of mixing vaccines since people are bound to experience more adverse effects from mix-and-match.

Chen Shih-chung, CECC Commander: “All foreign and domestic researches so far show that vaccine recipients experienced more adverse effects from mixing vaccines. Although not severe, most adverse effect cases reported in Taiwan had mixed vaccine types. If further data support that mix-and-match produces stronger immunity, then we will support mixing vaccines, but we will not make it mandatory. ”

Lin Shi-bi, Former Infectious Diseases Physician: “What kind of COVID-19 vaccine should people receive as booster shots? I think it's obvious that it should be mRNA vaccines. Most people received AZ in Britain and their health authorities also recommend BNT or half a dosage of Moderna as third shots.”

CECC recommends that all people above the age of 18 who have been fully vaccinated should receive a third shot when the service becomes available in 2022. Chen continues to encourage all who haven't received a second shot, or any shot at all to get vaccinated. 

 

 

 

國內新冠疫苗持續接種中,但民眾如果打疫苗後出現嚴重不良反應或死亡,都可申請預防接種藥害救濟。根據衛福部預防接種受害救濟審議11月18日的審議紀錄,總計審議38案,其中2案是與AZ有關。

中央流行疫情指揮中心指揮官陳時中說明:「18號裡面大概審了38件,其中有2件是相關,1件是無法確定,總共判了這樣一個補償有6萬5000元,另外喪葬補助費有150萬。」

新變種病毒Omicron來勢洶洶,多國陸續爆出有相關確診病例,雖然指揮中心再增加4國為重點高風險國家,但由於接下來又有聖誕、跨年、農曆春節等,跨區活動增加恐加速病毒擴散,各界也擔憂國內12月是否可能檢測到Omicron,對此指揮官陳時中說的確有可能。

中央流行疫情指揮中心指揮官陳時中說明:「我不排除這種可能性在入境,但想在仍是希望都能夠在邊境把它擋住,往前推一個月,我們從南非近來比較多大概190人,總共從我們那6國(高風險國)裡面近來大概是200多,所以在檢疫的量能我們是足夠的。我相信這個月從南非帶來的可能會相對的少,最主要不是(Omicron),最主要還是因為在阿姆斯特丹的機場也關了。」

另外,指揮中心最快將在明年1月1日施打第三劑,專家建議第三劑應以mRNA疫苗為主,陳時中認為,需看國內外報告,因為只要混打,不良反應就會比較多。

中央流行疫情指揮中心指揮官陳時中指出:「不管是國外的報告或國內的報告,基本上就是只要是混打,他的一個不良反應就稍微多一點,台灣我們自己做的不良反應,也是混打的比較多,但大多是輕微的,是不是有就是說在這裡面,如果確定效果是比較好,當然是要混打,但是我們不強制這樣規定。」

前感染科醫師林氏壁認為:「各國對於第三劑該打什麼,很明顯是以mRNA疫苗為主,即使是在施打AZ疫苗最多的英國,可是他們在施打兩劑AZ之後,英國還是建議首選是BNT,然後莫德納半量也可以。」

陳時中表示,目標希望18歲以上民眾打過第二劑者,都建議施打第三劑,因此數量會先準備起來,至於還沒打過第一劑、第二劑者,明年也都一樣可以施打。

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