On June 22, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare held a meeting on June 20, and, considering that pregnant women are at higher risk of developing severe complications or death if infected with COVID-19, ACIP experts recommended that pregnant women be included in the sixth priority group for COVID-19 vaccination so as to protect the health of pregnant women and their fetus.
The CECC pointed out that due to the COVID-19 situation in Taiwan and the current vaccine supply, individuals in the top three priority groups, residents and workers in residential long-term care facilities, kidney dialysis people, and individuals in the sixth priority groups, i.e. elderly people aged 75 and over and pregnant women, can receive vaccinations in this phase.
The CECC reminds members of the public who have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to receive their second dose at an interval of 10 to 12 weeks after their first dose to build optimal protection. Furthermore, the CECC will start another round of vaccine distribution on June 23 to offer a second dose of the vaccine to those who received their first dose between April 12 and May 9.
The CECC further pointed out that individuals in the top three priority groups and pregnant women are eligible to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the current phase.