Taiwan to further expand access to Moderna vaccine
ROC Central News Agency
06/25/2021 05:37 PM
Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Starting July 1, the rollout of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be expanded to include more people who are on the government vaccine priority list as well as individuals who have received their first shot of the same brand, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday.
Individuals from category 4 to 8 on the vaccine priority list will be eligible for the Moderna vaccine, as the CECC begins distributing 1.1 million vaccine doses across the country at the end of June, deputy CECC chief Chen Tsung-yen (é™³å®—å½¥) said at a news conference.
They include people who need to travel abroad for official or essential reasons, workers employed at correctional and long-term care facilities, seniors aged 65 years old and over, military and national security personnel, teachers and other essential workers in key industries, according to the CECC.
Currently, the Moderna vaccine has only been administered to frontline medical staffers, workers who are involved in government disease control efforts, people in high-risk jobs and pregnant women.
The vaccine doses are part of the 2.74 million doses provided by the United States and the vaccine manufacturer, Chen said.
In addition, anyone who has received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine will be able to take a second shot starting July, Chen announced.
The CECC first launched the Moderna vaccine rollout on June 9, requiring two doses administered 28 days apart to be fully effective.
At the same time, Taiwanese nationals and foreign nationals with a Taiwan residency permit who received a first jab of either the AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccine overseas will be able to complete full vaccination in Taiwan. However, they will need to provide a certificate issued by a foreign government to show they have been vaccinated once, Chen added.
The CECC noted that rare cases of people suffering from myocarditis, a type of heart inflammation, after receiving the Pfzer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been reported overseas.
People should immediately consult a doctor if they develop chest pain, shortness of breath, or an unusual fast heartbeat several days after their Moderna inoculation, the CECC added.
In Taiwan, individuals are allowed to choose between AstraZeneca and Moderna for their first vaccine dose, according to the CECC.
However, vaccine mixing is prohibited, and only people who experience severe allergic reactions to their first shot are allowed to opt for a different brand for a second jab.
(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Chiang Hui-chun and Teng Pei-ju)
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