【Taiwan Immigrants' Global News Network】Translated by CHI CHIA I
National Immigration Agency (NIA) has been promoting the “Carefree Covid-19 Vaccination Program” to encourage foreign nationals, including undocumented migrant workers and overstayers to receive free vaccination. The program adopts four principles, “won’t be reported”, “won’t be seized”, “won’t be charged for any fee”, “won’t be banned”. Yunlin Brigade and Yunlin County Service Center analyzed the distribution and characteristics of the immigrants and set up vaccination sites at Xiluo Town (西螺鎮), Erlun Township (二崙鄉) and Lunbei Township (崙背鄉) together with the Public Health Bureau, Yunlin County.
“Carefree Covid-19 Vaccination Program”. (Photo / Provided by Central Epidemic Command Center)
Chief of Village and non-governmental organizations assisted in promoting the “Carefree Covid-19 Vaccination Program”, encouraging residents to get vaccinated at nearby stations. Not only are there multilingual directories but there were also interpreters who helped the medical team in explaining the vaccination in their native languages. NIA also dispatched staff to issue UI No. at the sites.
"A Shi (阿氏)", who has overstayed in Taiwan due to flight restrictions and is unable to return to Vietnam, mentioned that she thought she could not get vaccinated without having a Health insurance card. Fortunately, she heard from her friends sharing their vaccination experiences and therefore she received free vaccination and expressed her gratitude to the Taiwan government.
NIA assists foreign nationals in getting vaccinated. (Photo / Provided by the Public Health Bureau, Yunlin County)
Yunlin Brigade stated that the implementation period of the program will last until January 31, 2022. It is hoped that the public would share this information with undocumented migrant workers and overstayers and encourage them to receive free vaccination. If you have any questions about making the appointment, please contact Yunlin Brigade and Yunlin County Service Center for more information.