A mass exodus among Taiwanese can be observed recently as many try to get their hands on a vaccine shot abroad. (Photos courtesy of Shutterstock)
As Taiwan’s recent COVID-19 outbreak continues to worsen, vaccines are still hard to come by leading to many setting their sights for vaccination abroad.
Though Japan recently gifted Taiwan 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca Vaccines on June 4 and the United States’ recent pledge to donate 750,000 vaccines, many worry that it still isn’t enough to quickly vaccinate everyone on the island.
As the U.S. aims to vaccinate 70% of its entire population before July 4, Taiwanese who hold dual nationality or have money to spare have decided to seek out vaccine shots abroad, leading to a recent “mass exodus” from Taiwan.
Though vaccines may seem easier to come by in the U.S., there is still no guarantee that visitors or tourists who travel there can get administered.
However, for those already in the U.S. and is a citizen, is receiving a shot really that simple?
與The China Post訪問中，一位在馬里蘭大學就讀的23歲學生分享道他是如何迅速及不費力的輕鬆接種疫苗。
Speaking with The China Post, a 23-year-old student from the University of Maryland revealed just how he was able to get vaccinated with no hassle at all.
Kevin Hung (洪凱俞) was already in the U.S. when the pandemic hit Taiwan and decided to get vaccinated as he had planned to return to Taiwan in late May.
According to Hung, to acquire a vaccine shot, he simply went on the Maryland Government website and requested an appointment.
According to Hung, to acquire a vaccine shot, he simply went on the Maryland Government website and requested an appointment. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Hung)
Though Hung holds a U.S. passport, he explained that there doesn’t seem to be a priority for citizens; instead, all he had to do fill out some basic personal information, and after one to two weeks, he received a call to make an official appointment.
Arriving at the temporary vaccination station set up in the metro parking lot, he simply had to show the organizers there his photo ID and QR code to confirm his appointment. Then he was led to a seat and administered a vaccine shot.
The entire process took a mere 5 minutes, Hung said.
After waiting for 15 minutes after the vaccination shot to ensure that he didn’t experience any side effects, Hung was allowed to go home and another appointment scheduled for three weeks later was soon sent to his phone.
Hung described the vaccination process as simple and text messages were sent to remind him when a second shot is available. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Hung)
Regarding the concerns many express for those traveling back and forth from the U.S. and Taiwan to get vaccines, Hung believes that it won’t increase the chances of further spread of the virus.
“As long as the virus strains from Taiwan are not mutant, it is unlikely to increase the risks of virus-spread.”
Additionally, Hung pointed out that though Taiwan has seen a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, it is still comparitively mild in comparison with other countries.
“As long as everyone does their part in this fight against the pandemic, I belive we can go through it together,” Hung said.
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