TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) will allow those who have received one shot of AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine and are over 18 years old to register for mixed vaccine shots on the designated online platform between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday.
According to CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), the opportunity will only be available for a day, and those who choose to receive a different vaccine for their second shot can choose between Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) or Moderna. They can also tick both boxes if they don’t have a preference.
Chuang added that the registration platform will be suspended from 5 p.m. Wednesday and will be restarted at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
He also pointed out that if recipients of the AZ vaccines do not wish to mix vaccines for their second shot, they do not need to re-apply on the registration platform.
In addition, in order to improve the vaccination rate of two doses, the CECC adjusted the vaccination intervals including those who are receiving AZ vaccines must be 18 and above and have received their first shot at least 8 weeks prior.
For Moderna and BNT vaccines, recipients need to be 18 and above as well and have received their first shot at least 4 weeks prior.
Chuang added that as most countries request travelers to be fully vaccinated with two shots before they are allowed in, he encouraged those who have pressing needs to head abroad and others who are younger in age to get vaccinated.
He indicated that with more people getting vaccinated, it not only provides protection for all, but also if the population reaches its goal of 60% being fully vaccinated, it can be used as an evaluation standard for the adjustment and relaxation of epidemic-prevention measures in Taiwan, which will help gradually restore normality into our daily lives.