2nd rollout of Moderna shots for top 3 priority groups set for Friday

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) announced on Wednesday that 73,200 doses of the second batch of the Moderna vaccine will be administered starting on Friday to the top three priority vaccination groups.

The number of vaccines distributed in the second batch was estimated based on each city and county’s degree of epidemic risk and the number of people within the first to the third category in that region that have yet to be vaccinated.

The CECC said that they will distribute 63,200 doses to various cities and counties on June 18. The other 10,000 doses were then split up, with 5,000 going to Taiwanese aviation crew members from Eva Airways (長榮), Uni Air (立榮), China Airlines (華航), Mandarin Airlines (華信), Tigerair Taiwan (台灣虎航), and Starlux Airlines (星宇).

The people eligible for vaccination include pilots, flight attendants, and maintenance personnel.

The remaining 5,000 doses were given to the frontline workers that work in civil aviation including Airport personnel, air traffic controllers, aircraft maintenance personnel, and others.

The CECC also reminded everyone to stay on-site for 15 minutes after vaccination, in order to make sure that any acute allergic reactions are taken care of.

Those that have previously had acute allergic reactions after vaccination or any injections should stay for at least 30 minutes.

In addition, the command center suggests paying close attention to potential symptoms such as chest pain, asthma, and palpitations after vaccination, as messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines have shown to induce reactions like myocarditis in a small number of young people.

As the Moderna vaccine is an example of a vaccine that uses mRNA technology, make sure to pay close attention and seek medical treatment when necessary, the CECC said.