Walk-in arrangement attracts 930 people

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

A total of 930 people walked in for Covid-19 vaccinations today (Wed), Secretary for Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said. 

Hong Kong started allowing everyone eligible for vaccination to walk in at community vaccination centers this morning. 

As of 4.30pm, there were 930 walk-ins, the official said on a radio program. 

He said that community vaccination centers will be able to handle the increase, and hoped that the walk-in quotas would allow citizens to get vaccinated more conveniently.

So far 66 percent of students aged 12 to 19 received their first dose of vaccines, while the ratio for citizens aged 20 to 59 was 75 percent.

But Nip also stated that only 44 percent of citizens aged over 60 and 28 percent of those aged over 70 have at least one dose.

He said the government would provide talks and one-on-one health consultation to promote vaccination among the elderly.

The secretary also stated that the government would strive to set up vaccination stations at two public hospitals, so that elderly people who go to the hospitals for medical follow ups can then get vaccinated.

Hong Kong started allowing everyone eligible for vaccination to walk in at 21 community vaccination centers this morning.

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.