Those eligible for the 2nd AstraZeneca jab will need an online appointment

Taipei, September 27 (CNA) People eligible to receive their second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will need to make an appointment online, rather than waiting for notification from their local governments, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says Monday.

People aged 50 to 64 who received their first injection of AstraZeneca on or before July 22 must register online by noon on Wednesday to indicate their interest in receiving the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the minister said. Health Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中) at Monday’s conference. CECC daily press briefing.

In Taiwan, individuals will first need to register before they can reserve a COVID-19 vaccine at a designated clinic or hospital where the vaccination is performed.

Chen pointed out that people who have already done so on the 1922 Vaccine registration platform will not have to do it again, unless they wish to remove the AstraZeneca vaccine as their preference.

According to the CECC, the online date for a second jab is expected to open later this week, with the shots due before National Day on October 10.

The announcement came as a dramatic change from the day before, when the CECC said people who had already received their first vaccine before July 23 could receive their second dose and must be over 52 years old.

The CECC also said online appointments are not necessary, as local health authorities will notify people eligible for the vaccine when and where they can get their vaccine.

But on Monday, Chen, who heads the CECC, said comments had been received from local governments that getting a manifesto from people eligible for a jab can be a daunting task, so they would rather people just make the appointments. themselves.

However, people over the age of 65 who are eligible to receive their second injection will still have to wait for local governments to notify them when they can get it, Chen said.

Meanwhile, in Taipei, city residents over the age of 70 who have already had their first Moderna shot can get their second shot by booking an online appointment ( from 9 a.m. Tuesday to 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the city government.

(By Chen Yu-ting, Chen Yi-hsuan, Chen Chien-ling, Chiang Hui-chun and Ko Lin)

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