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Over-17 adults in Taiwan may now obtain leftover vaccine doses: CECC

ROC Central News Agency

06/25/2021 01:56 PM

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) People in Taiwan 18 years old and over are now eligible to receive leftover doses of COVID-19 vaccines, but must register ahead of time, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday.

As each vial of vaccine usually contains 10 doses, there are sometimes leftover doses that must be discarded if they are not administered within a certain period of time, CECC chief Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥) told the press Friday.

In an effort to avoid wastage and expand vaccination in the country, those leftover doses will now be made available to adults over the age of 17, Chen said, after the CECC's daily epidemic control meeting with Cabinet members and local government officials.

People in that age group, however, will be required to register ahead of time at designated clinics and hospitals, which will notify them whenever leftover COVID-19 vaccines doses are available, Chen said.

Leftover vaccine doses will not be administered to anyone except those who register specifically to receive them, he stressed.

In the country's vaccination records, such persons will be listed as having voluntarily agreed to having leftover shots, Chen said.

Currently, the CECC's vaccination list prioritizes the elderly, frontline workers, and other at-risk groups, as Taiwan fights to control its COVID-19 caseload amid a severe shortage of vaccines for its 23.5 million people.

As of Thursday, Taiwan has received a total of 4.855 million doses of AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines, and only about 7.03 percent of its population had been given at least one shot, according to CECC data.

(By Chiang Hui-chun, Chang Ming-husan and Elizabeth Hsu)

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