Closure of walk-in vaccination sites on Sundays; parents encouraged to have their children vaccinated

Taipei, June 4 (CNA) The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has urged parents of children aged 5 to 11 to take their children to one of the seven walk-in vaccination sites in the six municipalities. Taiwan specials to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Sunday, the last day theaters are open.

Young children should be vaccinated as soon as possible to ensure they acquire immunity against COVID-19, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said on Saturday, at a time when a spike in Omicron variant cases have seen many children infected and a dozen under the age of 10 die from the virus.

The seven vaccination sites have been set up in the six cities – Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung – including two in Taoyuan to roll out the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) vaccine for children.

Six of the seven special walk-in vaccination sites opened on Wednesday and an additional site in Taoyuan opened on Friday, and all seven sites will operate until Sunday despite the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday.

In the first four days after the vaccination sites opened, more than 24,000 injections were administered, according to the CECC.

On Saturday alone, vaccination sites deployed a total of 4,066 shots, about half the number on Friday, the CECC said.

The number of vaccines administered at the Kaohsiung Expo Center site was 936, the highest among the seven sites on Saturday, followed by the National Museum of Natural Science site in Taichung (833), the Banqiao station site in New Taipei (770), from the Taipei Freedom Square site (715), Taoyuan (377 from the Taoyuan Arena site and 219 from the Pingzhen site) and Tainan (216), the CECC added.

Commenting on the decline in the vaccine rollout on Saturday, Victor Wang (王必勝), another CECC official, said that with the country in the midst of the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday that ends on Sunday, he suspected that many many families had made other travel arrangements and missed Saturday’s deployment.

In addition, Wang said, some counties and cities, including Taoyuan, had their own campus vaccine rollouts on Saturday, which lowered the number of shots administered at the seven walk-in vaccination sites for the day. .

On Friday, the vaccination rate for children aged 5 to 11 in Tainan reached 70.9%, the highest among the six special municipalities, followed by Kaohsiung (67%), Taichung (61.3%), Taoyuan (48 .9%), Taipei (48.5%). percent) and New Taipei (44.5 percent), Chuang said.

Although New Taipei has recorded a relatively low vaccination rate among children aged 5 to 11, the city is expected to administer an additional 9,000 injections on Monday, which will boost its vaccination rate, Chuang said.

In an effort to promote COVID-19 vaccination in young children, cities and counties are also having medical institutions and contracted elementary schools hold mass vaccination events for eligible children, according to the CCCB.

Parents are advised to accompany their children for vaccination after signing a pre-vaccination checklist and a consent form indicating their willingness to have their children vaccinated after an on-site doctor’s assessment.

If a young child contracts COVID-19, they cannot be vaccinated until three months after recovery, the CECC said.

Taiwan on Saturday reported a new single-day record of 152 deaths from COVID-19, including a one-year-old boy. According to CECC data, the boy is the 12th child under the age of 10 to have died of complications from COVID-19 this year.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 2,342,794 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 2,329,609 domestic infections, according to CECC data.

With the 152 deaths reported on Saturday, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the country rose to 2,815, the data showed.

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