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Taiwan mulls 3rd COVID shot

Booster shots likely to be administered beginning late January

Taiwan mulling booster shots from late January. 

Taiwan mulling booster shots from late January.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Experts will meet before the end of November to discuss the possibility of a third COVID-19 shot, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday (Nov. 20).

CECC Spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang's (莊人祥) mention of a booster came as some parts of the world, especially Europe, struggle with the latest surge in COVID infections despite high vaccination coverage.

Data valid up until Friday (Nov. 19) showed that first-dose coverage in Taiwan had reached 76.9% and second-dose coverage 46.8%, CNA reported. The CECC calculated that by Jan. 31, 263,000 people will have received their second jab at least six months earlier, qualifying them for a booster.

As a result, the end of January is a possible date to launch the campaign for a third COVID shot. High-risk individuals above the age of 65 might receive priority, though discussions with experts will determine the schedule and other details, according to Chuang.

Updated : 2021-11-28 02:45 GMT+08:00