The government is giving out the third COVID-19 vaccines to people in high-risk jobs as booster shots. Priority will be given to category one to three medical and anti-epidemic personnel. Nearly 50 front-line medical staff from Shin Kong Hospital have registered for the third dose of the Moderna vaccine.
An additional 3rd shot will increase body immunity. On Friday the 3rd, nearly 50 front-line medical staff from Shin Kong Hospital registered for the third dose of the Moderna vaccine.
Yeh Chien-hung, Doctor, Department of Neurology, Shin Kong Hospital: “I think this is the best guarantee for the medical staff. Before we save patients, we have to protect ourselves.”
Due to the aggressive spread of the new Omicron variant from South Africa and to ensure domestic epidemic prevention capabilities, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced that category one to three of medical and epidemic prevention personnel can be given a third dose, as long as the interval between the second dose is 5 months. As of December 7, about 60,000 people were eligible for the third dose.
Hung Tzu-jen, Deputy Superintendent, Shin Kong Hospital: “We have 1,100 colleagues that have already received two doses of the AZ vaccine. So we want to add this third dose of mRNA vaccine. International figures also show the protective effect is quite good.”
To boost vaccinations, the country will establish vaccination stations in hypermarkets and department stores. However, Taipei's deputy mayor believes that this is inefficient. People should go to hospitals for vaccinations so that manpower will not be wasted. This has caused a rift between the central and local governments.
Chen Shih-chung, Commander, Central Epidemic Command Center: “From the central government's standpoint, we hope everyone can be fully vaccinated. Increasing accessibility through multiple channels can help ensure our citizens can be vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Chen emphasized that local governments will not be forced to follow through with this. However, based on the experience of flu vaccines, setting up stations in hypermarkets provides sufficient accessibility, and will have a positive impact on the vaccination rate.