Walk-in vaccination for all starts today

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Everyone eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations can walk-in to get jabs at 21 community vaccination centers starting today (Sep 22).  

But there aren't that many people in the morning following the Mid-Autumn Festival, as a vaccination center's operator believes Hongkongers prefer to spend time with family on the public holiday. 

A few people picked up same-day tickets this morning at Kwun Chung Sports Centre.

An elderly in the queue said that making an appointment online is more complicated than getting same-day tickets, which he found to be more flexible and convenient. 

A construction worker said that as the government no longer accepts deep throat saliva samples for compulsory tests, those in the industry would have to get tested at community testing centers regularly if they choose not to get vaccinated. 

"The arrangement would help encourage vaccination," the worker said.

At Tseung Kwan O Sports Centre, a person who got a same-day ticket this morning said he would have to pay for Covid-19 tests later if he did not get vaccinated. That's why he decided to walk-in for vaccination today. 

Another walked in to receive the second dose, saying he suffered from hypertension earlier but feels better today. 

"The arrangement of same-day tickets is more convenient as it allows people to decide their vaccination time based on their health conditions," he said.

Leung Kwok Ling, Chief Operating Officer of the Town Health International Medical Group which operates the Tseung Kwan O Sports Centre vaccination center, said that the response to the same-day tickets is not that enthusiastic. He believes it has to do with today being a holiday. 

An average of a few dozen people walked in for vaccinations recently before the expansion, and it would be already good to have 200 to 300 more getting same-day tickets after the government extends the arrangement to everyone eligible for vaccination, he said. 

The center will apply to increase the same-day quota if the existing quota of 200 is reached. It is capable of handling 500 to 600 walk-in cases per day, he said.