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.