Zhang Lishan, Mayor of Yunlin County. Picture: Zhang Liangyi/photo (data photo)
Former Yunlin County Mayor Zhang Rongwei’s vaccination controversy has spread. According to his younger sister, Yunlin County Mayor Zhang Lishan, the time of Zhang Rongwei’s vaccination is “similar to that of the Central Epidemic Commander Chen Shizhong’s announcement of Category 1 to Category 3 subjects. The residents’ beating policy has been suspended earlier.” Without any privilege, it means that Zhang Rongwei had already used the beating from May 3 to before the policy was suspended. Therefore, if Zhang Lishan’s statement is true, the incident should be “Although Zhang Rongwei is still In prison, the vaccine can still be arranged.”
The command center’s press conference announced on May 26 that at present, publicly funded COVID vaccines are only available for the first to third categories of people, and the vaccinations are temporarily suspended for “self-funded objects” and “category 1 to 3 residents”.
In addition, the command center also sent a letter to the health bureaus of local governments on the 26th. The article mentioned that according to the resolution of the sixth meeting of the “ACIP COVID-19 Vaccine Working Group” on May 21, this batch of vaccines please follow the following order Schedule vaccination:
1. Priority will be given to the first to third categories of people who have not been vaccinated (including medical personnel, central and local epidemic prevention personnel, and high-risk workers) to receive the first dose.
2. Depending on the hospital’s vaccine inventory and vaccination plan, medical staff who have completed the first dose from March 22 to April 11 and those who have gone abroad for official business will receive the second dose.
3. Suspend the vaccination of “self-financed objects” and “category I to III residents”
The Kinmen County Health Bureau, including Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Tainan, and even the outer islands, have long issued relevant announcements from the command center, and all relevant information is public. However, Zhang Rongwei was released from prison on May 31 and immediately finished the vaccine, which caused doubts.
However, in the face of the controversy that Zhang Rongwei was the first to vaccinate, according to a report by the Central News Agency on the 8th, Zhang Lishan stated that Zhang Rongwei’s time to administer the vaccine was “compared to the Central Epidemic Commander Chen Shizhong’s announcement of a policy for class 1 to class 3 co-residents. Suspend earlier,” so there is no such thing as a privilege. Everything is in compliance with the regulations. This statement means that Zhang Rongwei was given the vaccine in prison before he was released on parole.
Looking back to the command center’s announcement on April 29, the article stated at the time that starting from May 3, medical personnel, central and local government epidemic prevention personnel, and high-risk front-line workers will be opened to implement the first to the first category of the plan. People living with the three types of subjects are vaccinated against COVID-19 at public expense. In other words, the period of Zhang Rongwei’s vaccinations may be from May 3 to before the policy suspension.
According to Zhang Lishan, Zhang Rongwei lived with her in the front and rear yards, but in fact, Zhang Rongwei had not been released from prison at that time, and the two did not actually live together at the time. However, according to the publicly funded vaccine administration regulations at the time, the subjects were the first target. Family members living in category three to category three bring a health insurance card (if you are a first-time visitor, please bring an ID card), you only need to show your identity and do not need to bring proof documents. Therefore, it is worthwhile to wonder whether “Even though Zhang Rongwei is still in prison, he can still be arranged to be vaccinated”, and whether the two are living together.
Faced with the controversy about Zhang Rongwei’s vaccination, Zhang Lishan’s Facebook page was frequently irritated by netizens. A member of Yunlin, who was also a first-class co-resident, questioned Zhang Lishan’s Facebook, “Why can your brother get the vaccine but I can’t? The first category is living together. I was called a card on 5/19.” Some people questioned, “Your brother was released from prison on 5/31. How many days did you stay together?”
Former Yunlin County Magistrate Zhang Rongwei’s vaccination controversy continues
According to his younger sister, Yunlin County Mayor Zhang Lishan, Zhang Rongwei’s vaccine administration was “earlier than the Central Epidemic Commander Chen Shizhong’s announcement of the suspension of the policy on the vaccinations for people living with category 1 to category 3 targets”. The theory of privilege
This means that Zhang Rongwei had been vaccinated from May 3 until the policy was suspended. Therefore, the incident should be “Even though Zhang Rongwei is still in prison, he can still be scheduled to be vaccinated.”
On the 26th, the command center sent a letter to various local government health bureaus to administer vaccines. The picture shows the New Taipei City Health Bureau sending a letter to various local units.Picture: New Taipei City Health Bureau