Taoyuan mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) received his AZ vaccine shot Monday, hoping to strengthen the public’s confidence regarding the safety and efficiency of the vaccine.
He arrived at the Taoyuan General Hospital (部立桃園醫院) before 8 a.m. with 10 bureau heads, making him the first mayor to be vaccinated.
He expressed faith in the CECC as well as the hospitals administering the vaccines, calling on the public to join the vaccination campaign without fear.
Before being vaccinated, Cheng filled out a consent form for voluntary vaccination, followed by a brief consultation with a doctor, who asked about his drug and allergy history.
Having his blood pressure taken and making sure that his vital signs were normal, Cheng was informed by the doctor of the cautions related to the vaccine, before finally receiving the shot.
After the vaccination, Cheng shared that the process was faster than he’d expected and that he barely felt anything.
After resting for 30 minutes, Cheng carried on with his daily schedule, while noting that close attention would be paid to his health condition in the following three days. He added that he would revisit the hospital if any side effects were observed.
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) also received his shot the same day at Taipei City Hospital Heping Branch (聯合醫院和平院區) and reported no discomfort a day later, stressing that he is good to go back to work.
Monday, Taiwan expanded its vaccine eligibility to central and local government workers engaged in epidemic prevention work, as well as people with a higher occupational risk for catching the virus.
Pilots, flight attendants, international merchant marine crew, disease prevention taxi drivers, as well as quarantine hotel workers were all included in the second wave of vaccination.