Taipei anticipates 70,000 residents to receive Medigen shot this week

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taipei Deputy Mayor Tsai Ping-kun (蔡炳坤) said on Monday that an estimated 70,000 Medigen vaccines (高端疫苗) will be administered before the end of this week.

The announcement followed the first round of Medigen vaccine inoculation that started on Monday with the vaccination of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

Tsai said with 251 vaccine stations set up around Taipei City combined with around 50,000 already registered for their appointment, it is estimated that the administering process can be finished within two days’ time, at the speed of 20,000 to 30,000 shots administered on average per day.

In addition, the second batch of appointments is expected to be administered on Aug. 27, and it is expected that 70,000 doses of vaccines will be administered before the week’s end.

Taipei residents, including foreigners with a valid Alien Resident Card, can apply for the Medigen vaccine on the government’s registration platform, https://1922.gov.tw/vas/index.jsp, in accordance with regulations from the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心).

When inquired by the media as to Taipei City purchasing the third dose of vaccines for citizens, Tsai responded that the city is currently expected to purchase around 2.5 million doses of vaccines with a budget of NT$2.8 billion.

The budget report will be sent to the central government for deliberation at the end of this month, Tsai said, adding that they are hoping to get the support of councilmen to purchase and implement the relevant budget for next year.