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All this information is pretty time sensitive, so it might go out of date quickly.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)
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.
Google translated English:
Precautions related to “COVID-19 Vaccine Self-Funded Vaccination Clinic”:
- 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
- Self-funded COVID-19 vaccination is only open to the 19th clinic of the Department of Family Medicine.
- Please be sure to bring your passport and ID card, and nationals please bring a health insurance card.
- 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.”
- 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,
- 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.
- See a doctor in the order of registration.
- 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.
- Pick a date (only morning clinic is available).
- Fill out the form:
- ID number (ARC number or passport number).
- 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)”
- 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.
- Enter your birthday with the ROC year. Subtract 1911 from your birth year in the Gregorian calendar ( YYYY – 1911 = ROC year), so 2021 -> 110
- Enter the captcha
- Click the left button at the bottom to confirm (the right button clears the form)
- 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:
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|
|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|
- 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
- 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?
- Plan on arriving between 9 and 10 am. 10am is the latest time you can check in (not like normal morning clinics)
- 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.
- 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.
- Check in with the nurse with your NHI card. They will give you a form to fill out and a number.
- When your number is called, go get your shot.
- Pay at the end in the same little area where you get the shot. 600 NTD.
- When you pay, they will give you an appointment for your second shot, 8 weeks later.
- 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.
- Enjoy your day!
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.
- Self paid vaccine Q&A from TW CDC (PDF in Chinese)
- Self paid vaccine Q&A from TW CDC (PDF in English)
- NTUH’s information sheet on astrazeneca vaccine (scan)
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.