Taichung mayor receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) received her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) received her first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday, amid reports that health authorities have started to distribute COVID-19 vaccines across counties and cities.

Speaking to local media, the mayor stressed that she hopes to ease people’s doubts about vaccination by sharing her personal experience. She also promised to report her reactions to the public after vaccination.

Following the first stage of opening up healthcare workers for vaccination, the government opened up vaccinations for epidemic prevention workers of central and local governments on Monday.

Many people said that the injection was very painful though.

After she received her first dose, however, the mayor said it was similar to the flu vaccine and there was no pain. She added that the doctor recommended she start taking Paracetamol regularly in the evening to relieve her chills and fever.

Lu stressed that she would take it as recommended by her doctor and report back later. Lu also noted that people should get and keep their “COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card” after the vaccination.

After border controls are lifted, you will need to show your certificate to go in and out of many countries or participate in domestic activities, she explained.

According to the Department of Health (衛生局), the number of medical staff vaccinated in Taichung City has already reached 3,374 people.