Taiwan Approves Moderna for Children over 6 開放6到11歲打莫德納 校園團體施打為原則

Taiwan has approved Moderna vaccines for children over 6. Vaccination will probably take place on campuses. Premier Su Tseng-chang says the government will respect parents' wishes.


Many people have been calling on the Tsai administration to start vaccinating the 6-11 age group. On the 17th, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said a meeting would be held on April 20 to approve Moderna vaccines, administered as two half doses spaced 28 days apart, for the age group. Vaccination will probably take place on campuses.

Pan Wen-chung, Education Minister: “In theory, we will follow the format that we used for 12 to 17-year-olds with vaccinations administered on campuses. We will not vaccinate children without their parents' consent.”

Many wanted to know why Taiwan chose Moderna when the U.S. gives BNT to children under 12. Education Minister Pan Wen-chung had no answer other than this was what a panel of health experts decided. 

Su Tseng-chang, ROC Premier: “Relevant vaccines, etc., will be administered based on what our experts have to say. We will have a strict SOP. We hope everyone can cooperate and we will respect parents' wishes.”

Premier Su Tseng-chang, meanwhile, said the government cares very much about protecting young children and it would respect parents' wishes.

Lin Wei-wen, Taiwan Adventist Hospital Cardiologist: “Everyone is worried about children with congenital conditions, like congenital heart conditions, getting vaccinated. Will they experience shortness of breath or allergies? Myocarditis is a legitimate concern, as are other adverse effects.”

Experts say children need to be individually assessed by doctors before getting vaccinated and officials need to closely monitor adverse effects from vaccinations.

 

 

 

本土疫情延燒,各界不斷呼籲政府,儘快讓6歲到11歲的兒童接種新冠疫苗,衛福部昨日宣布,6歲到11歲兒童可以接種莫德納疫苗,劑量為半劑、2劑間隔28天,會與衛福部討論相關施打措施,並且儘量以校園團體施打為原則。

教育部長潘文忠表示:「原則上會是會比照之前12歲到17歲青少年施打的這種模式,盡量是以校園團體來施打為原則,一定也會爭取家長的同意書,之後才會來確定施打。」

由於美國只給12歲以下學童打疫苗BNT疫苗,台灣卻打莫德納,也引起不少討論。潘文忠強調,這是衛福部專家小組討論很長時間後的決定,後續施打注意事項,一定要讓家長充分了解後,再開始施打。

行政院長蘇貞昌表示:「相關的疫苗等等,也都依相關專家會議及我們整個作業來施行進行,都會有一套嚴謹的程序,希望大家都能夠配合來辦理,同時也一定會尊重家長的意願。」

蘇貞昌也出面喊話,強調政府對於保護幼童非常重視,施打前一定會尊重家長意願。

台安醫院心臟內科醫師林謂文說明:「小孩子有一些先天性的疾病,像是心臟方面,有一些先天心臟病等等,大家會擔心會不會打了之後,會不會有些問題,那像是有些氣喘、過敏性的體質等等,其實在這樣施打疫苗之前,可能還是要擔心說,小孩子打了新冠肺炎疫苗,雖然不一定有心肌炎,但是有沒有其它的嚴重不良反應。」

專家強調,學童要施打前,一定要經過醫師的評估,並呼籲要注意學童施打後的不良反應,做好防範及準備。
 

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