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​DOH: Taipei City’s COVID Update for October 17

​DOH: Taipei City’s COVID Update for October 17The Department of Health (DOH) reported no COVID-19 cases for Taipei City on October 17. It reminded the public that while community spread seems to have calmed down, the public should still wear their face mask, implement contact-tracing, maintain social distance, wash hands frequently, and seek medical attention when symptoms occur.
 
Online vaccination appointments for second-dose Moderna vaccine for elders 65 or older (and indigenous people 55 years or older) have closed at noon on October 17. A total of 62,341 individuals have completed their registration, with openings at 104 clinics and hospitals being fully booked.
 
Eligible individuals who missed this round of booking can call any of the 12 district offices of Taipei City during office hours on October 19 and 20 to schedule appointments over the phone.
 
Regarding government-funded flu vaccines, DOH reported that a total of 180,540 people in Taipei City have already received their shots. Among these, 47,641 individuals received their shots at 320 community vaccination sites. Another 3,504 senior citizens received both a flu shot and a pneumococcal vaccine at the same time.
 
This year, the city government has arranged for 434 locations across the city to administer flu shots. Information on the venues offering the service are available at borough offices, community health service centers, and on the Chinese website of DOH. Since the flu vaccine takes at least two weeks to take effect, residents should take this into account as they plan for their shots.
 
DOH reminds the public that there is a possibility for the vaccinated to develop fever-like symptoms after receiving the shot (≧38℃). Such fever often subsides within 48 hours. In the case where the fever lasts beyond 48 hours, or where the individual shows signs such as shortness of breath, headaches, fast heartbeat, or rashes, please seek medical attention immediately.
 
For more information on the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccines, please call the pandemic prevention hotline (02)-2375-3782 or the 1999 Citizens’ Hotline.