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COVID-19 vaccine rollout to be completely free from Monday

ROC Central News Agency

06/06/2021 03:40 PM

Taipei, June 6 (CNA) People who get vaccine jabs under the government-subsidized vaccine program will no longer have to pay administrative surcharges such as registration fees starting Monday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

At present, those who receive vaccine jabs under the government program do not have to pay for the vaccine but have to pay up to NT$300 (NT$10.73) in administrative fees.

The CECC said on Saturday that the fee will now be covered by a NT$4 billion budget, under a broader relief budget that was approved at a Cabinet meeting last week.

More funding will also be allocated to help local governments establish stations where large numbers of vaccine shots can be administered, the CECC said.

At present, only medical workers around Taiwan are eligible to get vaccine shots under the government program, but Taipei and New Taipei are also allowing epidemic prevention workers and people at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure due to their jobs to get the jabs.

According to the CECC, 678,418 doses of the vaccine had been administered as of June 3, for a population of 23.57 million people.

Aside from the government-sponsored vaccine plan, a program allowing people to pay out of pocket to get a vaccine shot was instituted in late April when the government was having trouble getting people to get vaccinated.

That program has been suspended, however, given the spike in demand for vaccines as the number of COVID-19 cases has surged.

(By Chiang Hui-chun and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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