TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Reservations for Taiwan's 18th round of vaccinations will start on Tuesday (Dec. 14), and inoculations will begin Thursday (Dec. 16), including for children aged 12 and over.
During a press briefing on Monday (Dec. 13), Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) announced that Taiwan's vaccination registration platform will open up for reservations for the first and second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) vaccine as well as for mixing AZ with the mRNA vaccine.
Chuang said those eligible include individuals who received their first BNT dose four or more weeks ago and AZ recipients who had their first shot eight or more weeks ago. Those wishing to be vaccinated in the 18th round, including those wanting to mix vaccines, must meet the following conditions:
- 1st BNT dose: Aged 12 and older (born on or before Dec. 16, 2009).
- 2nd BNT dose: Aged 18 and older (born on or before Dec. 31, 2003) and received their first BNT dose on or before Nov. 18.
- BNT dose following AZ dose: Aged 18 and older (born on or before Dec. 16, 2003) and received their first AZ dose on or before Oct. 21.
Eligible individuals can make reservations for the BNT inoculations from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 12 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 15). The 18th round of vaccinations will be administered Dec. 16-22.
Chuang emphasized that inoculations with all brands, including BNT, Moderna, Medigen, and AstraZeneca, can be obtained at medical institutions that contract with local health departments, hospitals under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, hospitals run by the Veterans Affairs Council, and outpatient clinics affiliated with the Ministry of National Defense.
Friday night outpatient clinics also provide a Moderna vaccination service. Chuang urged the public to call these institutions to arrange for vaccination to ensure they can complete their immunization against the virus as soon as possible.
In addition, Moderna vaccinations at Taipei Main Station have been extended to Dec. 21.
To register for vaccination, visit the 1922.gov.tw website.