Me and my wife right after our vaccine

How to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in Taiwan

Update 2021-07-05 — Actually got my second shot. Details in new post.
Update 2021-06-15update on status of second shot available here

Written 2021-04-26

This morning I got my first shot of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. I got a lot of questions about how to access the vaccine here in Taiwan, so I thought I would write a post about it .

In general, vaccine supplies in Taiwan are currently very limited, but since few priority people are signing up to get vaccinated, the public health authorities have opened up a limited supply of shots (10,000) to people who are not on the priority list, but have some need to travel abroad (also from TW CDC website). Appointments open April 21 and will go until the shots are used up. (Although they may expand this program if its popular, which it is).

All this information is pretty time sensitive, so it might go out of date quickly. I also can only explain the process at the hospital I went to: NTU Hospital in Taipei. It may be different elsewhere.

And you need another reason to get a vaccine: “Arrivals in Taiwan who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could be allowed to shorten their quarantine from 14 to seven days as soon as mid-May, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.” (Focus Taiwan)

Registration

I got my vaccine at NTU hospital. Self-paid vaccines (i.e. if you’re not on the priority list) are offered only in the morning clinic (NTUH announcement). And you have to make a reservation though this specific portal (only available in Chinese). At the top of the page there is this notice for some reason, it only appear here, and not when you actually make your appointment.

* 「COVID-19疫苗自費接種門診」相關注意事項:
1.地點:位於中山南路7號-臺大醫院東址南棟1樓抗老及健康諮詢中心
(位置圖)
2.自費COVID-19疫苗接種僅開放家庭醫學部第19診。
3.請務必攜帶護照及身分證,本國人請加帶健保卡。
4.適用年齡:「AZ疫苗適用於18歲以上,因兒童臨床試驗資料有限,暫不建議兒童接種。」
5.報到:
    (1)初診報到時間:早上9:00~10:00,下午13:30~14:30。
    (2)最後報到時間時間:上午10:00,下午15:00。
6.自費接種費用:600元,限現金(含接種紀錄卡)。欲開立其他診斷說明書,需自費。
7.依報到順序看診。

Google translated English:
Precautions related to “COVID-19 Vaccine Self-Funded Vaccination Clinic”:

  1. Location: Located at No. 7 Zhongshan South Road-Anti-aging and Health Consultation Center, 1st Floor, South Building, East Site of National Taiwan University Hospital
    (Location Map)
  2. Self-funded COVID-19 vaccination is only open to the 19th clinic of the Department of Family Medicine.
  3. Please be sure to bring your passport and ID card, and nationals please bring a health insurance card.
  4. Applicable age: “AZ vaccine is suitable for over 18 years old. Due to limited clinical trial data for children, it is not recommended for children to be vaccinated at this time.”
  5. Check in:
    (1) First check-in time: 9:00~10:00 in the morning, 13:30~14:30 in the afternoon.
    (2) Last check-in time: 10:00 am, 15:00 pm.
  6. Self-funded vaccination fee: 600 yuan, cash only (including vaccination record card). If you want to issue other diagnostic instructions, you need to pay at your own expense.
  7. See a doctor in the order of registration.

Steps

  1. Open this link to pick an appointment date. Use google chrome browser on a laptop so you can use the automatic translation. Automatic translation doesn’t work on every step of the process, so keep your phone handy so you can use google translate camera mode.
  2. Pick a date (only morning clinic is available).
  3. Fill out the form:
    1. ID number (ARC number or passport number).
    2. Select the third radio button: “其他(護照號、居留證號及大陸居民來往台灣通行證等)”
    3. Select your nationality from the list (this is super hard because it’s not in alphabetical order). Chrome translation can make it a bit easier, but if not, 美國=USA, 加拿大= Canada.
    4. Enter your birthday with the ROC year. Subtract 1911 from your birth year in the Gregorian calendar ( YYYY – 1911 = ROC year), so 2021 -> 110
    5. Enter the captcha
  4. Click the left button at the bottom to confirm (the right button clears the form)
  5. Print out and/or screenshot your appointment page. This will make it easier to get directions to the appointment day-of.

If all that worked correctly, you should get a screen like this:

Annotated appointment confirmation screen.

I have copied the text into the table below so you can copy and paste into google translate to get any of the details.

姓 名YOUR NAME
 時 間110.5.6 星期四 下午
 應備文件請攜帶「健保卡」,如非健保身分,請持以下證件,本國:身分證(兒童請持戶口名簿);外籍:「外國護照」或「中華民國居留證」;大陸地區:「中華民國臺灣地區入出境許可證」及「大陸居民往來臺灣通行證」。
科 別家庭醫學部
診 別COVID-19疫苗專責門診 第19診 (代碼: 1XXX01 )
醫事 人員住院醫師 無
 診 號11
備 註自費疫苗接種
 
 看診地點總院區-東址-D棟1樓
 初診報到時間就診當日上午門診10:30前/下午門診15:00前需至各櫃檯辦理報到手續。
 參考就診時間13:30~14:30,但會因當日病人狀況而有所異動,尚祈諒解
 看診進度二維條碼下載

Notes:

  • In general, you can only use online registration (=book an appointment online) at NTUH if you have been there before, so you might have difficulty if you haven’t visited before. In that case, the best option may be to try online registration for a hospital you’ve visited before or go in person to NTUH to make an appointment.
  • Keep an eye out for text messages with more information. They will be in Chinese.

Day of your vaccination

Bring

  • NHI card
  • Passport (not required, but you may want to bring it just in case)
  • Printout of your appointment confirmation page (optional)
  • Mask (duh)
  • 600 NTD cash

What will happen?

  1. Plan on arriving between 9 and 10 am. 10am is the latest time you can check in (not like normal morning clinics)
  2. Go to the east building main entrance (not the old japanese-style building). For clarity, get directions to this starbucks (which is in the correct building.
  3. Right after the ID/temperature check, you should see a sign pointing to the right that says something about “Self paid COVID-19 vaccination.” The waiting area is just at the end of a hallway, it should be pretty easy to fine.
  4. Check in with the nurse with your NHI card. They will give you a form to fill out and a number.
  5. When your number is called, go get your shot.
  6. Pay at the end in the same little area where you get the shot. 600 NTD.
  7. When you pay, they will give you an appointment for your second shot, 8 weeks later.
  8. You’ll have to wait 30 minutes to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction, then they will come out with your vaccination card.
  9. Enjoy your day!

Other information

Unfortunately, the TW CDC doesn’t post all the information in english that it does in Chinese (at least not at the same time). Notably, the english announcement of the self-paid vaccines doesn’t include information about where to get them. The Chinese version of that page does.

If you have questions or tips for me, don’t hesitate to reach out!

One more note: I definitely think you should get the vaccine, but I’m not that kind of doctor, and absolutely nothing here should be taken as medical advice.

10 thoughts on “How to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in Taiwan

  1. philosoph77

    Hi Adam, thanks for sharing your expereince with the world. My wife and I received our 1st shot on May 5th, wondering whats your take on the odds for the 2nd shot scheduled/delayed/not within 12 weeks. Thanks for your feedback,

    Philipp

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    1. iaizzi Post author

      Hi Philipp! I’m glad you got your first shot! I have no idea what is going on with the second shots. Since this current outbreak in Taiwan, I’ve heard of people’s second shot appointments getting cancelled. I got my first shot at NTU hospital and they made my second shot appointment for me. As far as I can tell, that appointment has not been cancelled, but I won’t know for sure until I get the shot. Happy to correspond by email if you want to talk more!
      -Adam

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      1. philosoph77

        Hi Adam,

        thanks for your prompt reply. Sorry for late reply.

        I got my 1st shot at the Mackay hospital. The 2nd is scheduled for June 30. The hospital cant confirm the scheduled appointment anymore as the priority groups will be served first. I wonder if this is only the situation at this hospital or generally. Also the CDC confirmed via phone that the 2nd shot is temporarily suspended.

        I wonder whats your hospitals take on this? According to your post, your 1st shot was on April 26th. Your 2nd shot appointment has to be closer.

        I hope you are more lucky. Thankfor any future update.

        Philipp

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      2. iaizzi Post author

        My appointments are at NTU hospital. My appointment is still listed on the website, but I have not tried to confirm with them whether they will actually have the vaccine for me. My follow up appointment is 6/21. I am somewhat hopeful that the supplies will have improved by then and they’ll be able to honor my appointment.

        I’ll definitely post here either way.

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      3. philosoph77

        Hi Adam,

        still vague, no mention of the self paid prg, but maybe a first indication…

        https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202106070010 He (CHEN) said the approximately 3,000 people who will administer the national college entrance exam in July will also be offered the AstraZeneca jabs, and some doses will be reserved for people who are due to have their second shot.

        Geetings,

        Philipp

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        Von: Philipp Staerk [mailto:philipp_staerk@gmx.net] Gesendet: Mittwoch, 2. Juni 2021 17:26 An: ‘Adam Iaizzi, PhD (易亞丹)’ Betreff: AW: [New comment] How to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in Taiwan

        Hi Adam,

        honor, I like your wording very much. I keep my fingers crossed for you.

        Good night,

        Philipp

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