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Taiwan to resume flu vaccinations for 50 to 64-year-olds

Most at-risk groups have been inoculated, making way for expansion of government-funded program

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Government-funded flu vaccination campaign speeding up to include groups less at-risk. 

Government-funded flu vaccination campaign speeding up to include groups less at-risk.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Government-funded flu vaccinations for people aged 50 to 64 who are not deemed to be at high risk of complications will resume Dec. 1, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Wednesday (Nov. 18).

As a reason for the resumption, officials mentioned that 80 to 90 percent of the more vulnerable age group — over-65s and young children — had been inoculated, making way for others to join the program, CNA reported.

The vaccination campaign for the 50-to-64 age bracket had been suspended in mid-October due to the overall popularity of the initiative, forcing the CECC to prioritize higher-risk groups.

Other important target groups of the campaign, such as doctors and nurses, have almost all been vaccinated against the flu, the officials said.

About 200,000 flu shots are available until the end of November. Another 60,000 will arrive mid-December, according to the CNA report.

Officials have dismissed allegations that some flu vaccinations played a part in the death of a small number of recipients.