Coronavirus Vaccine in Taiwan - May/June 2021

What happened to the 5 million doses of Moderna that were supposed to arrive in May?

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Officially, yes.

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Worldwide delay in all factories.

We’re supposed to go for our shots next Thursday, but now I’m wondering if there will actually be any vaccine left.

Will be offered to “priority” groups first, in the unlikely event there is anything left over it will go down the line.

Feeling quite rough today - I slept from about 6am to 6pm before making some strong coffee and getting up to work for a couple of hours. Not so much energy, my joints are aching slightly, and my skin is tingling a bit. Arm still a bit uncomfortable but better than last night. No fever.

Kind of like a moderate hangover, but bearable. Probably just gonna eat something, drink some more coffee, and have an early night.

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Saw a post on Facebook, seems the Taichung Hospital is still crowded and everyone pretty much placed shoulder to shoulder and those were just pictures from the registration area, it’s most likely significantly more crowded in the “rest area” which was the case when I went on Tuesday.

A large amount of people in a very small area for an extended period of time…I don’t think those are exactly ideal circumstances. Feels like they should of thought about this a long time ago and had figured out how to streamline the process instead of doing everything in all in the same tiny space. Also shouldn’t the staff and volunteers be using additional PPE given the recent outbreaks? Still only masks being used as far as I could see in the pictures that were posted.

Anyone know how have the other hospitals been the past few days?

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Out of curiosity, why did you wait? Was it really just laziness?

Mackay was shoulder to shoulder and a completely unnecessary clusterfuck.

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Maybe Taiwan should be asking others for help on how to do this…

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It seems to be like this at every hospital? It definitely was at NTUH. Too many people crowded into a room for unnecessarily long. There’s no reason at all why people should need to go there and wait for 1-2 hrs before being vaccinated.

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It seems that unnecessary forms and lines are a part of the culture here. Virtually everything we did in the hospital could have been done easier online. The only things that required our physical presence were the blood pressure machine of dubious use and the actual jab.

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The paper form you do at Mackay is exactly what you submit online to register, the mind boggles

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Not to mention the wisdom of getting a few hundred people each day to put their arms in the same blood pressure machine and handle the same pens.

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There was no blood pressure check done at Taichung hospital…

I wish there was a less stress inducing way of taking blood pressure, because sometimes I feel the act of putting the cuff on is enough to raise your blood pressure by about 10 points.

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Yes. I’m a notorious procrastinator and I’ve been really busy with work lately. I also have a touch of social anxiety cold-calling hospitals and using my limited Chinese. But I don’t have any vaccine hesitancy if that’s what you’re asking.

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I was more thinking that perhaps you thought it was not pressing in a country where there was almost no Covid. For me, I just told my wife to get it scheduled ASAP. She waited a few days and I just told her that it had to be done immediately. Of course, that is a luxury that not everyone has.

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I was putting it off at first mostly out of sense of guilt that I would be taking away the self-paid vaccines that were much more limited in quantity and meant for those that needed to go overseas. So for people who needed to go back to their home country for seeing their family or having urgent matters to attend to…but after the 2nd round of doses were made available and how piss poor the vaccination rate was amongst the priority groups at the time and similar points being made to me in this thread I felt like I’m not wasting the shot…I’m preventing the shot from going to waste…

Funnily enough as soon as I got my shot and started sitting down for my 30 minute rest was when the presser came on and people finally were going to start taking this seriously. Seriously glad I got the shot.

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This is a little true too. Probably a bit of arrogance or denial on my part.

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