Appointments for the mixed vaccine approach available on Friday

Taipei, Nov. 18 (ANC) Anyone wishing to receive a second COVID-19 vaccine using a different brand of vaccine after receiving a first dose of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine will be able to make an appointment online on Friday, according to Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Appointments for the mix-and-match approach can be made at the government’s 1922 immunization website Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with vaccines due from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中) said at a daily CECC briefing on Thursday.

Chen made the statement after the epidemic center the day before said that people who have received a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and have not received a second dose after eight weeks or more will be able to sign up to receive a Moderna or Pfizer. -BioNTech (BNT) blow.

According to CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), around 228,000 people have so far signed up, expressing their preference for the blended approach, the first time it has been available since the start of the deployment of the vaccine in Taiwan at the end of March.

Although the appointment window is only available for six hours on Friday, Chen said those who miss the first mixed vaccines will have another opportunity to use up the remaining doses in hospitals across the country from November 20.

Anyone who is eligible, i.e. people who received their first AstraZeneca vaccine eight weeks or more ago, can visit a designated hospital with remaining doses of Moderna or Pfizer-BNT, he added.

The CECC also announced that another shipment of the Moderna vaccine, comprising 1.15 million doses from the U.S. vaccine maker, arrived in Taiwan at 4:46 p.m. on Thursday.

This is the 10th shipment of the Moderna vaccine that Taiwan has received.

The expiration date for this batch of doses is Jan. 24, 2022, Chen said.

With the latest shipment, Taiwan has so far received around 6.09 million doses of Moderna vaccine, Chen said, noting that the shipment of this brand of vaccine will be the last this year.

Taiwan had initially ordered a total of 5.05 million doses of Moderna from the US drug maker, but on July 22, the CECC announced that an order for an additional one million doses of Moderna had been placed.

Asked about the slight surplus over the initially placed order of 6.05 million, the health minister said authorities were still reviewing the exact figures, as the initial figures for previous deliveries could have been slightly underestimated.

(By Chiang Hui-chun, Hsu Fu-wei, Chiang Yi-ching and Ko Lin)

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