Free flu shots available nationwide in Taiwan starting Nov. 15: CDC - (Taiwan News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Centers for Disease Control Director-General Chou Jih-haw said that Taiwan's government will launch its annual free influenza vaccination programme on November 15 at hospitals and other medical facilities throughout the country, a month later than usual, Taiwan News reported Thursday.

  • A total of 5.98 million government-funded influenza vaccines will be made available at 4000 contracted health care institutions around Taiwan in three phases, Chou said.

  • The vaccines will be first given to people in high-risk groups, starting with healthcare workers and elementary and high school students.

  • In the second phase, people aged 65 and over and preschool children will be able to receive the free vaccine, Chou said.

  • On January 1, 2020, the programme will be expanded to the rest of the public, he added.

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