Tainan Booster Vaccine Coverage of 65 Years and Older Lowest 65歲以上追加劑覆蓋率 六都以台南最低

Tainan's coverage rate of booster vaccines for the elderly is the lowest in the six special municipalities and has come up with an incentive to encourage the elderly to get vaccinated. 


The staff handed the yellow card and two COVID-19 rapid tests to the patient after she received a shot of the vaccine. The local epidemic is rapidly increasing, making it difficult to obtain a rapid test kit. This is exactly the incentive to encourage the elderly over 65 to get vaccinated.

Citizen: “Of course, it's good to get it for free. You don't have to wait in line.”

Huang Wei-che, Tainan City Mayor: “The number of people vaccinated every day now is probably only 3,000 to 4,000 people. I believe it's really hard to get mass vaccination coverage based on these numbers so we came up with this incentive plan.”

According to statistics from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, except for Tainan, the coverage rate of booster shots for the elderly aged 65-74 in the other five special municipalities is over 70 percent, and the coverage rate of the elderly over the age of 75 is over 60 percent. Tainan's coverage rate is only 66.5 percent and 52.3 percent in the two age groups. It is the lowest of all six special municipalities. Tainan is offering two quick screening tests to the elderly to be vaccinated, to increase their willingness to get the shots.

Dr. Chiang Chien-lin, Director, Rende District Public Health Center, Tainan City: “If you are 65 or older, whether you get your first dose, second dose, or the booster dose at a private or the city's health center, you can come to the city's health center to receive quick screening tests within three days of receiving your shot.”

However, there was a misunderstanding in the morning. Some people who had been vaccinated before May 9, the start of the program, could not receive free quick screening tests.

Citizen: “This is very troublesome. Really. This is so inappropriate.”

The elderly man was a little angry that he couldn't receive quick screening tests. Tainan City Mayor Huang Wei-che emphasized that adults over 65 years old are more likely to have severe, even deadly, coronavirus infection, so he recommends that elders receive vaccines to protect them. 

 

 

 

袖子捲起挨上一針疫苗後,工作人員將黃卡還有2劑快篩交給民眾。本土疫情處於快速上升期,讓快篩一劑難求,正好成了鼓勵65歲以上長者打疫苗的誘因。

民眾說:「要送當然是好啊,就不用去排隊。」

台南市長黃偉哲表示:「因為我們現在每天疫苗接種的人數大概只有3到4千人,那我覺得其實要這樣要拚覆蓋率實在是很辛苦。」

衛福部統計,六都中除了台南,其他五都65到74歲長者打完追加劑的覆蓋率都有70%以上,75歲以上長者也有60%以上,只有台南分別是66.5%跟52.3%,是六都最低。為提高施打意願,台南祭出長者打疫苗送2劑快篩。

台南市仁德區衛生所長江建霖醫師說明:「年滿65歲的話,如果在外面的診所或者是在我們衛生所有施打新冠肺炎,不管是第1劑、第2劑還是第3劑,只要在(5/9起)3天內都可以來衛生所領取(快篩)。」

不過早上也發生插曲,部分民眾是9日活動開始前就打過疫苗,不能領快篩,只能敗興而歸。

民眾抱怨:「真的很麻煩,真的,這個太不應該啦。」

領不到快篩讓阿伯有點生氣,但黃偉哲強調,65歲以上長輩不但是新冠肺炎高致命群、轉中重症機率也很高,還是呼籲長輩趕緊打來疫苗,保護自己。

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