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Over 3,000 people receive AstraZeneca vaccine in two days

ROC Central News Agency

03/24/2021 06:39 PM

Taipei, March 24 (CNA) Over 3,000 people in Taiwan received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in the first two days of the vaccine roll-out, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.

Taiwan officially began its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out on Monday. A total of 1,580 people received jabs that day and 1,638 on Tuesday, Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞), deputy chief of the CECC's medical response division, said at a press briefing.

Most of the 3,218 people to receive the vaccine are medical personnel who work at hospitals that treat COVID-19 patients, Lo said.

No serious adverse events have been reported, though there have been four non-serious adverse events, Lo said.

These non-serious events involve patients reporting minor symptoms after receiving the jab, including headaches, muscle soreness, fever, and redness or pain around the injection site, Lo added.

The CECC initially allocated doses to 58 hospitals across Taiwan, including the offshore counties of Kinmen and Lienchiang. It sent out 6,600 doses to 14 additional hospitals on Wednesday,

Non-medical personnel to receive the vaccine include Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), and 10 athletes who represent Taiwan in international sporting competitions.

Chen said Wednesday that he experienced a slight fever and a pain in his arm after being vaccinated, though those symptoms have since subsided.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)


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