Meanwhile, during his visit to Taichung, Premier Su said the central government's seven vaccinations sites are well-received and it helps greatly to relieve the burden for local authorities.
The large-scale vaccination site in Taichung was filled with parents and children on the first day of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday in the morning.
“You just start counting and I'll get ready for the shot. OK, here you go.” “1, 2, 3.” “OK, it's done!”
The nurse tried to calm the child down to administer the shot. The process only took about a few seconds each, but some children got too flustered and needed more soothing. It was the third day of vaccination on the 3rd, and even more parents brought their children to the Taichung National Museum of Natural Science for vaccination. Many parents brought their children to the government's vaccination site since they hope to get their children vaccinated earlier.
Parent: “I feel more secure. The school offers vaccination starting June 10, but I want my child to get vaccinated a week earlier. The earlier vaccinated the earlier protected.”
Parent: “The school doesn't offer vaccination until next week. I'm here because I want my child to get vaccinated first, I feel more at ease.”
Premier Su Tseng-chang and Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung arrived at the vaccination site at 8:30 a.m. to see how the procedures were going. Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je recently criticized the central government's move to set up more vaccination sites as unnecessary since different cities are also administering vaccinations already. In response, Premier Su said 5,000 shots were administered in just three days in Taichung, which obviously helped to increase children's vaccination rate.
Su Tseng-chang, Premier: “We have set up seven large-scale vaccination sites for children in the six special municipalities. These sites are well-received. It brings more convenience for parents. Children get protected and it relieves the burden on each city.”
Meanwhile, the KMT earlier demanded an investigation and prosecution of Legislative Deputy Speaker Tsai Chi-chang's assistant for allegedly spreading false information regarding the Taichung City Government's children's vaccination status. Premier Su said misunderstandings have been cleared. The Taichung Veterans General Hospital said that they expect to administer up to 3,600 shots per day, which would greatly boost children's vaccination coverage.