Premier Su: Flu shots for infants and older folks

20 October, 2020

Courtesy of ICRT

Premier Su Tseng-chang has waded in the disputes over influenza vaccinations, saying infants and those aged beyond 65 should get the shot first.

He is urging the public to "let the people at higher risks" get inoculated sooner so that communities would be safer. The premier also says he has received phone calls from Kaohsiung and the Taoyuan mayor, who reported that the city was running out of stock.

Su has reassured people that there have been far fewer cases of flu infections so far this season compared with last year, and that they don't need to worry so much about contracting the flu.

Su's comments follow an abrupt decision by the health ministry last Friday to put free flu shots for those aged between 50 and 64 on hold. The announcement caused fierce complaints, while demand for the vaccine has shown no sign of easing.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, all six million doses of government-sponsored flu vaccines will be distributed by 3 November.

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