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Taiwan’s Latest Epidemic-Related Policy

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Taiwan suffered an outbreak of Covid-19 and issued a Level 3 alert. Meanwhile, the government enforced strict control over social activities.

After more than two years of coexisting with the virus, the government has now shifted to a ‘living with the virus’ stance rather than instituting a ‘zero-Covid’ policy despite the Omicron variant’s heavy hit in early April. .

One of the most notable policy changes is the quarantine policy. Quarantine requirements are now shorter, including the mandatory quarantine for all international arrivals which was shortened from three days to seven days last June.

Aside from the shortened quarantine requirements, the mask policy remains. At present, the Taiwan Center for Disease Control has listed a number of exceptions to the mask requirement, including exercising outdoors, taking pictures indoors and indoors. outdoors, live streaming, filming, moderating an event, reporting, delivering remarks, delivering a speech, conference, or during activities or events involving conversations with other others.

Nevertheless, the government has three doses of a Covid vaccine for specific categories of people to reduce the rate of death or serious illness and move towards coexistence with the virus. As a result, the government introduced an enhanced vaccination policy on April 22, 2022, after the appearance of the Omicron variant, which called for the following groups of people to receive three doses of a Covid vaccine:

  • Medical or health personnel, personnel affiliated with central or local government epidemic prevention, high-risk front-line personnel, and personnel affiliated with security and social functions (collectively, people in the first, second, third and seventh groups immunization priorities under the government-funded Covid immunization program)
  • People working in correctional institutions, funeral homes and 24 types of places/workplaces under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Ministry of Health and Welfare be
  • People who frequently come into contact with non-specific people or who cannot maintain social distance, including those who participate in religious events (processions and pilgrimages) and group visits as well as people who go to the gym or at adult entertainment venues, and who are old enough/eligible for Covid vaccination (staff and visitors).

These groups of people are in principle required to receive a Covid booster (third dose), unless assessed by a doctor and deemed unsuitable for vaccination. People who cannot get vaccinated with a legitimate reason must take a rapid test or a PCR test once a week (with a negative result) before providing a service or entering the said places.

This year, policies related to the epidemic have changed rapidly. These policy changes are intertwined with our lives and deserve our continued attention and cooperation.