Different parts of the island have begun vaccinating 6- to 11-year-olds. Education Minister Pan Wen-chung says parents don't need to make a decision now. Meanwhile, after getting a shot and feeling unwell, students can have a three-day vaccination leave.
Six to 11-year-olds began receiving Moderna vaccines in Changhua County and other parts of Taiwan on the 2nd. New Taipei will be vaccinating students between the 3rd and 31st.
Chang Ming-wen, New Taipei City Education Commissioner: “We will be administering Moderna vaccines from May 3 to May 31. The government is trying to get BNT vaccines and if it gets some parents will be given a choice.”
Education Minister Pan Wen-chung says the central government will work with local bureaus on campus vaccination programs. Parents can also have their children vaccinated at a hospital if they prefer.
Pan Wen-chung, Education Minister: “Parents don't need to make a rush decision. When the time comes, they can consult with doctors and experts. In theory, we will respect the decision of parents.”
Pan says parents don't need to make a rush decision and can consult with doctors if they want. He also said the government will respect parents' decisions and students are eligible for a three-day "vaccination leave" after getting a shot.
Pan Wen-chung, Education Minister: “Students will get a three-day "vaccination leave" after getting vaccinated if they need it. Taking these three days off will not incur any penalties or affect their grades.”
With regards to the suspension of classes and the TVE joint college entrance examinations, which were held from April 30 to May 1, Pan said the government will always find a solution that considers student rights and make rolling adjustments when needed.