On June 27, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at the Ministry of Health and Welfare held an expert meeting in the morning and issued its recommendations listed below.
I. The ACIP recommends that children aged six months to five years should receive a 2-dose primary series of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to reduce the risk of developing severe illness and death after infection. An interval of at least four to eight weeks between the first and second dose is recommended.
II. Recommendations on an additional dose and a booster dose for children aged 5-11:
A. Children who are immunocompromised or have a weakened immune system and in a stable condition are recommended to get an additional shot 28 days after their second dose.
B. A booster dose is recommended for people completing the primary series vaccination five months (150 days) after their second shot.
III. Airport/port workers, home quarantine workers, airline crew members, and workers in care institutions and the social welfare system are recommended to receive a second booster shot at least five months after their first booster and after assessing their risk of infection as well as willingness.
IV. The ACIP recommends the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for use in individuals aged 18 and older as a primary series, an additional dose, and a first and second booster shot. This vaccine can be used interchangeably with other COVID-19 vaccine products.
V. COVID-19 vaccination recommendations for individuals infected with COVID-19:
A. Regardless of prior infection with SARS-CoV-2, individuals with COVID-19 are recommended to receive the primary series and booster dose of a vaccine according to the recommended vaccine series of that vaccine.
B. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for individuals with COVID-19 three months after the date of the onset of symptoms or positive test (asymptomatic individuals) and there is no presence of acute symptoms.
C. Such individuals can complete the required vaccine series after being assessed to be suitable for vaccination by a doctor if they don't have acute symptoms and meet the criteria for release from isolation, and any of the following is met:
1. There is an increased risk of infection due to work needs or work-related reasons.
2. There is an increased risk of infection due to being immunocompromised/having a weakened immune system.
3. Vaccination records are required for inspection to visit other countries.