Health chief admits surplus vaccines might go down the drain

Friday, January 08, 2021

Hong Kong’s health chief said in a Legco meeting today that the government has procured more than enough Covid vaccines for everyone in the city, saying there may be a chance those vaccines will go to waste.

According to Health Secretary Sophia Chan Siu-chee, it is best to have more than enough vaccines for members of the public.

In view of a recent study showing around 40 percent of Hong Kong citizens reluctant to get vaccinated, Chan said authorities will have to find out why people are not willing to do so, stressing authorities will provide incentives for people to be vaccinated if necessary.

“If people are refusing to get the jabs simply because they are unfamiliar with the vaccines, providing incentives for them would also not work,” stressed Chan.

The health chief also said authorities will soon meet with the private medical sector to finalize details of the vaccination program, making sure nothing will go wrong.

She added that a vaccination center will be set up in every 18 districts in Hong Kong for citizens to receive the jabs.

“The Fosun Pharma-BioNTech vaccines will mostly be made available at the centers as they require higher logistics and cold-storage standards,” she said.