Written by Angela Chen, Chinese language teacher at BLCU
新年快乐! Happy New Year 2021!
We all hope this will be a better year than the last one. We do have some good news recently. The vaccine for COVID is coming. So this week, we are going to talk about vaccine or “疫苗(Yìmiáo)” in Chinese.
The word “疫苗(yìmiáo)” is coming from transliteration of the word immune, which is “免疫(miǎnyì)” in Chinese. Because the vaccine will give you immunity, in Chinese “免疫力(miǎnyìlì).
But the vaccine won’t stop covid, vaccination will. So get the vaccine in Chinese is
In oral speaking we’ll use the same word as injection “打针(dǎzhēn)”，since you will get the vaccine by injection.接种(jiēzhòng)疫苗(yìmiáo) is a more formal way of saying vaccination.
The vaccine now is free in China. My husband already get vaccinated.
Tā yǐjīng jiēzhòng yìmiáo le.
Or you can also say
Tā dǎ le yìmiáo le.
Because he works for the subway company in Beijing. The first people to receive the vaccine will be front-line workers like people working in hospital, public transportation workers and border staffs.
一线工作人员(yīxiàn gōngzuò rényuán) front-line workers
Some of the vaccine need to take 2 does.
两剂(liǎng jì) 2 doses
Hopefully the vaccine works and the COVID will be finally controlled this year!
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