Taiwan investigating 67 deaths after coronavirus vaccinationsChina | 21 Jun 2021 1:08 pm
Health departments across Taiwan are investigating the deaths of 67 people after receiving the coronavirus vaccination, in an effort to determine whether there was any correlation, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Sunday, CNA reports.
In nine of the incidents, the preliminary autopsy reports showed that the deceased had cardiovascular diseases or other chronic illnesses, the CECC said.
One of the reports also showed a positive postmortem test for the coronavirus disease, the CECC said, adding that contact tracing is being carried out.
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung, who heads the CECC, had said at a press briefing Sunday that there were no established links between the 67 deaths and coronavirus vaccines, and he encouraged elderly people to get their shots. They should ensure however, that their health is relatively stable before taking the vaccine, he added.
Taiwan's vaccine rollout was expanded last week to include senior citizens aged 75 and older, but reluctance among people in that age group appears to be increasing, following reports of some adverse reactions and deaths after vaccination.
During Sunday's press briefing, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang, said some 1.44 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses had been given nationwide, with people over the age of 74 years receiving 314,487 shots.
At least 6.4 percent of Taiwan's 23 population, or around 1.48 million people, have received their first dose of the vaccine, while some 27,000 have been inoculated with two doses, he added.
Taiwan began rollout of the vaccination program on March 22, initially with the AstraZeneca vaccine, and more recently the Moderna vaccine.-Photo: CNA