Taiwan CDC denies shortage of government-funded flu vaccine

Over 2 million flu vaccine shots still available for use at city and county health departments

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Wednesday (Dec. 12) there are enough flu vaccination shots and they are being distributed nationwide as part of the second government-funded flu vaccination program, which was launched Dec. 8.

In response to allegations that some local health offices are facing flu vaccine shortages, the CDC said in a press release this claim had been investigated. The agency found heavy demand for the vaccine at some local health offices exceeded the amount received, hence the shortage.

The CDC added that it was immediately replenishing vaccine stocks where necessary.

As of Monday (Dec. 9), city and county health departments had received 3.17 million doses of the vaccine, the agency said. Minus the 1.14 million doses already administered, health departments still have some 2.03 million doses available for use, the agency added.

The CDC urges members of the public eligible for the government-funded flu vaccination program to get immunized as soon as possible. For information about where to get flu shots, please refer to this webpage or your city or county's health department website.

For related information or inquiries, refer to the Taiwan CDC website or call the toll-free Communicable Disease Reporting and Consultation Hotline at 1922 (or 0800-001922).