By Lindsey Kundel, Director of Communication & Marketing
On Friday, January 14, Taipei American School was able to provide first and second COVID-19 vaccines on our campus to consenting middle and upper school students as part of a larger governmental vaccination program aimed at increasing the vaccination rate of the younger demographic in Taiwan.
Students who were born on or before September 1, 2009, were eligible to take part, and their families had to complete a governmental consent form in December 2021 before the holiday break.
Students in the upper school were scheduled to receive their vaccines between 8:30 am and noon. Middle school students received their vaccines after lunch. Both divisions adjusted content and activities to ensure that if students were not feeling well after the vaccine that they would not miss essential material.
TAS had professional medical personnel on hand to assist with and ensure the well-being of each child. The process for vaccination included verifying student names, taking temperatures, and a brief evaluation by a doctor before receiving a vaccine behind a privacy screen.
After the 30-minute observation window, students could return to class unless they felt unwell.
During the event, students were required to leave their belongings and cell phones in a designated place in order to prevent them from taking or posting photos of other students on social media in violation of their medical privacy.
In addition to medical personnel from Yang Ming Hospital, the TAS health, administrative, and counseling teams, along with employee volunteers from around the school, spent much of the day in the gym caring for students before, during, and after they received their vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine is not currently required to attend Taipei American School, but if students have received full vaccinations, the Health Office encourages families to submit that health data to its office in order to keep up-to-date vaccination records for students.
According to recent data, Taiwan's first dose COVID vaccination rate has surpassed 80%, while its full vaccination rate is nearly 70%.
Booster doses are currently available for those with immune deficiency disorders or individuals who received their second dose at least 12 weeks ago.
For additional information about Taiwan's vaccination program, we encourage all community members to consult the Taiwan CECC for up-to-date information as it is released.