CDC rolls out new coronavirus vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has begun rolling out Moderna's latest Covid-19 vaccine and is urging people to get the shots amid concerns of another outbreak in the near future.
Health officials are warning that more frequent travel during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival and Double Ten Day holiday weekends could increase the chances of the fresh spread of the virus.
The government granted emergency use authorization for the new vaccine against the Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 earlier this month. It's currently being offered first to people aged 65 and over.
Medical personnel will be able to receive the vaccine from 2 October while it will open to members of the public from 9 October.
The government says the updated vaccine is based on similar technology to Moderna's previous shots and offers strong protection against the Omicron XBB.1.5 sublineage. That sublineage is currently the dominant strain here in Taiwan.