Premier Su Tseng-hang gets Taiwan’s first COVID-19 vaccine

Taiwan has rolled out its AstraZeneca COVID vaccines, starting with Premier Su Tseng-chang. The head of the Executive Yuan said he felt great after getting a shot in his left arm. Cherng Wen-jin, the superintendent of Linkou's Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, was also among those vaccinated on Monday. He said that handwashing and face masks are still important after vaccination, as it will take time for antibodies to develop. 

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The first AZ vaccine administered in Taiwan went to Premier Su Monday morning. At 7:40 a.m. he and the health minister headed to National Taiwan University Hospital for their shots.

Su Tseng-chang, Premier
I just got mine on my left arm. I don’t feel any pain in the injection area, and I don’t feel any soreness in my body. I rested there for 30 minutes and I feel great.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s first medical worker to receive the vaccine was Shuang Ho Hospital Superintendent Wu Mai-szu.

Wu Mai-szu, Shuang Ho Hospital
We’ve been getting vaccines all our lives. The world changes and new diseases emerge. So this is nothing special. We’ll encounter many incidents like this in the future, so this is something we should all do.

Medical worker
I work in emergency medicine, so I am front-line staff. The thing I fear the most is not getting sick myself, but spreading the disease in the community, infecting my family or other people in society. Even if you’re careful and you put on masks and other protective gear, there is still some risk of infection.

The superintendent of Linkou’s Chang Gung Memorial Hospital says that even after vaccination, people should still follow disease prevention protocols.

Cherng Wen-jin, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou
It takes some time for antibodies to develop. And even after they appear, you still have to consider the current atmosphere. I think it’s still necessary to wear a mask and wash your hands when you’re out and about.

Kaohsiung has received 8,000 vaccine doses to be administrated by five hospitals. E-Da Hospital says it will stagger vaccination for its staff.

Lin Jiun-nong, E-Da Hospital deputy superintendent
In case there are side effects, we can reduce the risk to our staff by giving everyone some time before moving on to the next group of people. We’re planning to leave a week of time until vaccinating the second group of workers.

Over in Taichung, six hospitals have received vaccines. As ordered by the central government, the first batch will go to front-line medical workers, who will be followed by the mayor and other government officials.

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AZ疫苗正式開打! 接種後防疫措施仍不能少

AZ疫苗22號全台灣正式開打,多家醫院,都是由院長率領醫療團隊首先開打。行政院長蘇貞昌上午和衛福部長陳時中一同前往台大醫院打疫苗,蘇貞昌說打完狀況良好。不過即使打完疫苗該有的防護還是不能少,林口長庚醫院院長程文俊提醒,戴口罩有九成的保護力,接種後產生抗體也需要時間,防疫還是不能掉以輕心。

AZ疫苗全台第一針,這一針就扎在行政院長蘇貞昌的手臂上。這是3月22號上午7點40分,蘇貞昌在衛福部長陳時中陪同下,來到台大醫院完成第一針紀錄。

[[行政院長 蘇貞昌]]
“我剛才已經完成注射,打在左邊的手臂上,現在打針的地方,並沒有任何疼痛的感覺,身體也沒有任何痠痛的感覺。剛才經過30分鐘休息,現在狀況良好。”

至於全台第一位施打醫護人員是雙和醫院院長吳麥斯。

[[雙和醫院院長 吳麥斯]]
“我們從小就打到大的,那隨著世界的改變,本來就很多的新興傳染病,這個並不是什麼特別的事,我們以後還是會遇到很多這樣的事,這也是我們大家應該要做的。”

[[醫護人員]]
“我是急診醫學科,其實在第一線工作,最怕的不是自己生病,怕自己把病帶到社區去,傳給家人或社區的其他人。做得再小心,口罩跟防護戴再好,還是可能有染疫風險。”

同樣帶頭施打的林口長庚醫院院長也強調,疫苗打完,還是要維持平時防疫習慣。

[[林口長庚醫院院長 程文俊]]
“它要產生抗體需要一段時間,所以就算是有抗體產生了,那整個環境氛圍,我想出門還是要洗手戴口罩,這個還是有必要。”

高雄首波分配到八千劑疫苗,五家醫療院所率先開打,義大醫院表示會分散施打。

[[高雄義大醫院副院長 林俊農]]
“怕就是如果有副作用時候,可以分散員工的風險,讓員工休息完再施打,我們預計隔一個禮拜後,再施打第二批人員。”

台中市第一階段疫苗接種醫院,則有六家。依照中央排定施打順序,第一批是一線醫護,第二批是縣市首長與官員。

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