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COVID-19 booster shot reservation via 1922 platform to start Saturday

2022-01-15
Focus Taiwan
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A mass COVID-19 vaccination site in New Taipei's Sanchong. CNA photo Jan. 14, 2022
A mass COVID-19 vaccination site in New Taipei's Sanchong. CNA photo Jan. 14, 2022

Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) About 7.33 million people in Taiwan will be eligible to reserve appointments for a COVID-19 booster shot or additional dose via the government's 1922 platform from Saturday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday.

The platform will open to individuals who are 18 years and older, who received their second COVID-19 jab a minimum of 12 weeks ago, said CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) at a press briefing.

However, to avoid network congestion, applicant reservations will be prioritized by age, with seniors able to make the first bookings, Chuang said.

Those aged 65 and older can start making reservations at 10 a.m., followed by the 50-64 age group from noon, he said.

Other applicants will be able to make reservations from 2 p.m., and the entire program will conclude at noon Sunday, according to Chuang.

Vaccinations will be administered from Jan. 17-23, he said, adding that people who complete reservations successfully will not receive text messages to remind them as was previously the case.

Before making a reservation on https://1922.gov.tw, people can check if they are eligible on the same website, he said.

As of Thursday, 80.55 percent of Taiwan's 23.37 million population had received one COVID-19 vaccine shot, while 71.77 percent had gotten two doses. Around 5 percent have received a third jab, in the form of a booster shot or additional dose, according to the latest CECC data.

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