Online reservations for COVID-19 vaccines to reopen in Taiwan on Tuesday

Taipei, January 16 (NAC) The 1922 website will again begin accepting a new round of appointments on Tuesday for a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine to be administered in the week beginning Jan. 24, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on Sunday.

The booking site, however, will be limited this time to appointments for COVID-19 vaccine boosters, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing.

First launched last July, the government website allowed Taiwanese to register for COVID-19 vaccination, select their choice of vaccine brands and book appointments, but it has been suspended. end of December 2021 due to a drop in demand.

However, given the recent increase in domestic COVID-19 cases, the government has decided to resume online reservations for people 18 and older who wish to get vaccinated, Chuang said.

According to the most recent CECC guidelines, booster doses can be obtained at least 12 weeks after the second vaccine, while the time between the second and boosters has been reduced from five months to 12 weeks.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 vaccination appointments can be made daily at hospitals and clinics across the country, while walk-in sites have also been set up by local governments, it said. Chuang said.

These options do not require prior registration on the central government website, and they are not limited to booster shots and extra doses, he added.

When the government site reopens this week, reservations can be made from Tuesday 10 a.m. to Thursday noon, and vaccines for this series of appointments will be administered from Jan. 24 to 30, according to Chuang.

As of Saturday, 80.68 percent of Taiwan’s 23.37 million people had received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 72.27 percent had received two doses, according to CECC data. In addition, 0.3% had received an additional dose and 6.66% a booster injection.

(By Yu Hsiao-han, Chen Chieh-ling and Evelyn Kao)

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