As new migrants worry about the lack of Moderna vaccines available in Taiwan, Palau has provided some much-needed good news: they will offer Moderna vaccines to tourists starting in October.
According to Palau’s Tourism Bureau, the new doses will come in addition to the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) vaccines already on offer.
Due to their limited availability, however, Moderna vaccines will be provided to 10 to 30 passengers per flight only, while no restrictions have been announced for BNT vaccines.
The recent news is sure to provide some relief for new migrants and citizens as Taipei City began allowing vaccination registration for Moderna vaccines starting on Tuesday (Sept. 28) until Wednesday (Sept. 29).
So far, the Taipei City Government only allows those who are 70 or above or indigenous people over 60 years of age to register for these vaccines.
That means senior citizens between 65 to 69 who received their first shot of Moderna vaccines are now left out in the cold. According to Taipei City Deputy Mayor Tsai Ping-kun (蔡炳坤), authorities will need to wait for further distribution of the vaccines from the central government.
Tsai acknowledged that unless new batches of Moderna vaccines arrive soon, those who received their first shot may need to wait until the central government allows mixed-vaccine shots with BNT or wait for further developments.
So, if you’ve still got vacation days stored up and want to take a breather and get vaccinated in one swift move, a trip to Palau seems like the perfect solution for you!