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Taiwan president, vice president urge public to get booster shot

Interval for booster jab shortened from 5 months to 3

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文 ) and Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) have both stated they will receive a booster shot following the Central Epidemic Command Center’s (CECC) decision to shorten the interval between the second vaccine dose and a booster from five to three months.

Tsai said in a Facebook post on Friday afternoon (Jan. 7) that she would get a third dose and urged the public to do the same as soon as possible.

The president reminded that anyone 18 years old or over who received their second dose of a vaccine at least 12 weeks ago is able to get a third dose to increase their immunity against COVID-19. With regard to the additional four local Omicron cases reported, she urged the public to pay attention to information from the command center and follow epidemic prevention measures.

Meanwhile, Lai said on Facebook that the number of vaccines available in Taiwan is sufficient and that everyone should receive at least two doses to establish basic protection and enhance Taiwan's overall defense against the pandemic.

Updated : 2022-01-17 14:59 GMT+08:00