The central government's new 0+7 policy has taken effect. Under the policy, those who live with a confirmed case and have received three vaccine doses and test negative in a rapid test will not have to quarantine.
These people are waiting to get their third vaccine shots. The central government's new 0+7 policy took effect on May 17. Under the policy, those who live with a confirmed case and have received three vaccine doses and test negative in a rapid test will not have to quarantine. They will only be required to undergo seven days of "self-initiated epidemic prevention." As a result, demand for vaccines soared.
Cheng Ying-chieh, Chairperson, Pingtung Medical Association: “There is a different policy for those who have received three or more vaccine doses, they have more freedom.”
Tseng Che-huang, Doctor, Gee-Tien Ear Nose & Throat Hospital: “Many haven't gotten their third doses. Now that this new policy (0+7) has been rolled out, you should get your third dose before anyone in your household gets infected.”
The second-dose vaccination coverage stands at over 80 percent, but the third-dose coverage is only 61.9 percent. Doctors urge people to get third doses.
Resident: “I feel that there are fewer limitations on your time now that you don't have to quarantine.”
Many people are getting their third shots to avoid developing moderate or severe symptoms and avoid quarantine. However, the number of cases continues to ascend. Lots of people who have developed symptoms are afraid to get medical treatment and instead just purchase OTC medications at pharmacies. Pharmacists say sales of pain relievers and cold medications have increased by 50 percent.
Chang Chin-yu, Adviser, Kaohsiung City Pharmacists Association: “The epidemic situation is more severe now, so many people are buying self-prepared medications. Almost every type has sold out. ”
The government continues to relax restrictions as the epidemic situation becomes grimmer. As a result, all people can do is take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their family members.