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Taiwan adds more at-risk professions to vaccine priority list

Railway staff, bus drivers, delivery people, kindergarten teachers among new categories

Premier Su Tseng-chang speaking at Legislative Yuan.

Premier Su Tseng-chang speaking at Legislative Yuan. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Tuesday (June 22) announced that the vaccination priority list has been expanded to include more professions at risk of contracting COVID-19, with allotted jabs expected to be available beginning July 1.

Su said during an epidemic prevention meeting that in order for the country to operate normally, the list will include Taiwan High Speed Rail and Taiwan Railways Administration personnel in addition to workers from the country’s oil, gas, hydropower, and communication industries, CNA reported.

Meanwhile, people working at post offices and mail processing centers, national examination centers, nurseries, wholesale and slaughter markets, science parks, correctional institutions, the household registration system computer room, facilities handling human remains, news reporters, kindergarten teachers, and nursing home staff with high levels of contact with children will all be included in the next wave of vaccinations.

The premier pointed out that nannies based in the twin cities of New Taipei and Taipei as well as taxi drivers, delivery people, intercity bus drivers, truck drivers, vendors in traditional markets, as well as cashiers in the twin cities or Keelung or Taoyuan are also on the list, as most COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in northern Taiwan.

Su said the total number of people in these newly added professions is about 500,000. All ministries are requested to complete relevant cataloging and registration work immediately so the Central Epidemic Command Center can proceed with the vaccine rollout, he added.

Updated : 2021-09-19 07:36 GMT+08:00