TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) was the first central and local government leader to get vaccinated after AstraZeneca jabs were made available on Monday (April 12) to officials involved in COVID-19 prevention work.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), New Taipei Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜), and Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) also got vaccinated the same morning.
Cheng showed up before 7:50 a.m. at Taoyuan General Hospital to undergo a pre-vaccination assessment and to give consent before getting a shot. He spoke after receiving the injection on his left upper arm, commenting he "did not suffer any discomfort."
Cheng then took a break of 30 minutes in the adjacent health education room. He was accompanied by 10 Taoyuan government officials, who also got vaccinated.
The mayor encouraged those who are eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Taiwan expanded its vaccine eligibility from Monday (April 12) to central and local government workers engaged in epidemic prevention and control, as well as people with a higher occupational risk for the coronavirus, such as pilots, flight attendants, and cab drivers. Over 10 local leaders were expected to get vaccinated on Monday.
Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) were vaccinated as part of the nation's first batch of shots on March 22. Meanwhile, the CECC is mulling plans to open up vaccination to more of the population and set up in phases additional vaccination points as more vaccine arrives in the country.