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Taiwan's NCKU Hospital administers nearly 10,000 booster shots in a day

Patients praise the National Cheng Kung University Hospital for its efficiency, consideration

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People lining up for booster shot at NCKUH. (NCKU photo)

People lining up for booster shot at NCKUH. (NCKU photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwan moves quickly to administer booster shots in response to COVID-19’s Omicron variant, National Cheng Kung University Hospital (NCKUH) stepped up its efforts and vaccinated nearly 10,000 people on Saturday (Jan. 15).

According to NCKUH, 10,247 people registered for vaccination appointments Saturday. In order to streamline the process of vaccination, the hospital planned clear routes to reduce the time patients spend entering the hospital, completing a health assessment, and receiving their shot to as little as 15 minutes.

“The hospital is fully prepared to take on new challenges in the age of COVID-19 and protect public health from the frontline,” said NCKUH in a statement.

ETToday reported that the hospital began admitting people earlier than planned when it saw a line forming to keep them from waiting in the cold. By 8:15 a.m., those who had pre-registered for an appointment were experiencing no wait time.

Between 7:50 a.m. and 12 p.m., over 4,300 had received their shots. Aside from the streamlined process and clean vaccination environment, people also praised the live piano performance at the hospital.

In 2021, NCKUH administered as many as 10,080 doses of vaccine in one day, a record that may soon be broken as booster shots continue. Anyone over the age of 18 who has received a second vaccine dose at least 12 weeks prior is eligible for a booster shot.

Taiwan's NCKU Hospital administers nearly 10,000 booster shots in a day
People reported short to no wait times for shots at NCKUH. (NCKU photo)

Taiwan's NCKU Hospital administers nearly 10,000 booster shots in a day
Pharmacists prepare vaccines ahead of administration. (NCKU photo)