Nearly 2 million doses of flu vaccine used so far in 6 days: CDC

Focus Taiwan
Date: 10/11/2020
By: Chen Wei-ting and Joseph Yeh

An elderly man receives a flu shot on the first day when free influenza vaccines became available to people in high risk groups. CNA photo Oct. 5, 2020

Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) Nearly 2 million doses of influenza vaccine purchased by the government to provide free shots to vulnerable people have been administered so far, six days after the annual vaccination program was launched Monday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday.

According to CDC numbers, between Monday and Saturday, 1.92 million doses of flu vaccine have been used, a significant increase from the 1.52 million doses used during the same period of last year.

The CDC numbers show that the age bracket in which people have taken the greatest advantage of the flu shots so far are those aged over 65, where 870,000 doses were used during the six-day period.

People in the 50-64 age bracket, meanwhile, have taken 505,000 doses, a hike compared with the 320,000 doses used during the same period of 2019, according to the CDC.

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