Over the next three days, Taipei will be vaccinating students and teachers ahead of the first week of school after the winter holiday. It is also administering Medigen vaccines to anyone who wants them with no appointment required. Taipei officials say restrictions may be eased at the end of the month if everything remains stable.
The spring semester starts on the 11th. On the 7th, Taipei City began administering boosters to teachers and second doses to students. The city expects to vaccinate 3,212 people over the course of three days.
Tsai Ping-kun, Taipei City Deputy Mayor："This is the third wave. We are asking anyone that hasn't been vaccinated yet to go get vaccinated at Huaisheng Junior High School. We're also looking at elementary school and preschool teachers. We have around 2,000 teachers and students getting vaccinated at Huaisheng Junior High School today."
The second-dose coverage rate of eligible students is expected to reach 90 percent soon. In addition, Taipei will have a total of 6,778 Medigen booster doses available at three locations between the 7th and 11th. Appointments are not required. Both Taipei and New Taipei are mulling the possibility of easing restrictions at the end of the month or later if the situation is stable.
Hou Yu-ih, New Taipei City Mayor："We have to look at the number of imported cases and the number of cases worldwide before we can decide whether to ease restrictions. Other factors include domestic controls, community spread, and the vaccination coverage rate. "
Hou Yu-ih says the week of the 11th will be critical with students returning to school and he hopes everyone eligible for a vaccine can get vaccinated.