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Taiwan sets nine priority groups for receiving COVID vaccine

Health care and epidemic prevention workers first in line to get vaccinated

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said on Tuesday (Feb. 9) that members of the public are divided into nine priority groups for receiving COVID-19 vaccines in three rollout phases, with health care workers and epidemic prevention workers the first in line.

CNA quoted CECC Spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) as saying that in July of last year, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) set nine priority groups to receive the vaccine, totaling about 13 million people, or 65 percent of the population. Taiwan CDC plans to roll out the vaccine in three phases, Chuang added.

In the first phase, which is set to begin sometime before the number of vaccine doses reaches two million, 999,300 people in the top five priority groups will receive shots. Members of these groups include health care and epidemic prevention workers, the spokesman explained.

In the second phase, when the number of doses is in the range of between two million and 10 million, people aged 65 and over will get vaccinated. In the third phase, when there are more than 10 million doses, high-risk groups in the age bracket from 19 to 64, people with rare diseases or severe illnesses, and adults aged 50-64 years will be eligible, the spokesman continued.

CECC Specialist Advisory Panel Convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said that after a person receives two doses of a vaccine from the same company, their vaccination process is considered complete, and they will not be given a vaccine of a different brand name.

Chang said people will receive first and second doses of the same brand, but in the event of a shortage, using a different brand for the second shot will be considered. However, more clinical data about this practice will be collected and studied, he added.