Essential workers in Taiwan to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination from 2022

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Taiwan on Monday launched a drive to require essential workers in 24 government-regulated industries to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by December 17.

The regulated industries are under the ministries of education, economics, labour and health and welfare. Minister of Health and Welfare of the Republic of China and also chief of Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Control Command (CECC), Chen Shih-chung, said the workers will need to provide employers with proof of full vaccination or negative test results from January 1, 2022.

He said that persons confirmed as having had COVID-19 and with the proper medical paperwork, as well as people with a doctor’s note exempting them from vaccination, will not need the jabs. He said the requirement did not constitute compulsory vaccinations but a request that is in the interest of society and individuals. Mr Shih-chung added that, under the current law, fines cannot be imposed for not being vaccinated.

According to CECC data, 78 per cent of Taiwan residents have received one jab and nearly 61 per cent were fully vaccinated. Mr Shih-chung reported that Taiwan had zero new domestic cases and 10 new imported cases, but no fatalities to report, boosting the total number of cases to 16,652, with 848 deaths in a population of 23.5 million.