First Covid dose coverage for children tops 60%
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) says that the first dose Covid vaccinationcoverage rate among children aged between 5 and 11 has now passed 60%.
The government rolled out the Moderna vaccine to children aged between 6 and 11 on 2 May and began administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged from 5 to 11 on 25 May.The centre says the one-dose vaccination coverage rate in children aged between 5 and 11 currently stands at 60.5%.
In Taipei, more than 51.5% of children in that age bracket have received one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine on campus. That total increases to 56% when taking into consideration those who got a shot through the government's vaccination booking system or at a hospital clinic.The one-shot coverage rate in Taichung for children aged from 5 to 11 currently stands at 64.6%.
In other Covid news the CECC yesterday reported just over 53,000 new Covid-19 cases, of which the majority were local infections and only 31 were imported infections.
New Taipei reported the highest number of cases in the country once again, with 7,703 cases. That was followed by Kaohsiung with 7,506, and Taichung with 7,037 cases.
Health officials say 119 previously reported cases have since developed into severe infections, while 124 other patients have developed moderate symptoms of the disease.
151 new Covid-related deaths were reported. Those patients ranged in age from 8 months to over 90 years. 64 were unvaccinated, and 146 had chronic illnesses or other severe diseases. It brings the number of coronavirus-related deaths here in Taiwan sincethe pandemic began to 3,090.