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Migrant workers in Taiwan get equal treatment on vaccines: MOFA

Focus Taiwan, Taiwan, 9 July 2021 - Migrant workers in Taiwan receive same treatment with Taiwanese nationals in the government's COVID-19 vaccination program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) told CNA on Friday.

Ou's statement came after the representative offices of Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam in Taiwan issued a joint appeal in late June for migrant workers to be added to the priority list of persons to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

MOFA immediately discussed the situation with the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), which oversees Taiwan's COVID-19 response, after receiving the joint statement on July 2, according to Ou.

"We were told that migrant workers are not treated differently than Taiwanese nationals in principle," she said, though MOFA will set up a dialogue between the representatives of the four countries and Taiwan's health officials at an appropriate time to discuss the issue.

According to the joint statement, dated June 29, the offices urged Taiwan to consider prioritizing migrant workers in the government's vaccination program, while also recognizing that vaccines given must meet international standards and be administered on a voluntary basis.

They believed that migrant workers were a high-risk group, as seen when several hundred came down with COVID-19 at three electronics manufacturers in Miaoli County in June.

These overseas workers often live in cramped quarters with shared bathrooms, which makes it easier for the disease to be spread from one person to another.



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