Online bookings for Covid vaccines made by German drugmaker BioNTech opened at 9:00am today, but with some delays.
RTHK said it logged onto the appointment system at 9am and the system informed users of a 45-minute wait to make their appointments for the jab between next Wednesday and March 30.
After 9.30am, users no longer need to wait in order to get into the booking system.
After logging in and gaining access to the appointment website, users can choose between getting the BioNTech jabs or the chinese-made Sinovac jabs.
In the end it took only 30 minutes to gain access to the actual appointment web page, which allows users to choose to get the BioNTech jab, or the one made by mainland company Sinova, RTHK reported.
Seven centres – in Sai Ying Pun, Sai Wan Ho, Kowloon Tong, Kwun Tong, Lai Chi Kok, Sheung Shui and Yuen Long will be providing the BioNTech jabs – which have to be stored in ultra-cold facilities.
As of noon, slots for the first week of the three centers at Sai Ying Pun, Kowloon Tong and Lai Chi Kok were fully booked. While slots for other centers are still available.
A health expert said the BioNTech vaccines are safe and effective, adding that he had already helped his family members signed up to get the jab.
Ho Pak-leung, the head of the University of Hong Kong's Centre for Infection, said over tens of millions of people had received the BioNTech jabs in the UK and the US, with the jab’s effectiveness ranging from 85 to 90 percent, which reflected the vaccines’ good quality.
While addressing the 63-year-old man that died two days after getting the Sinovac jab, the microbiologist said it is normal to see one fatal case for every 50,000 to 100,000 people getting the BioNTech jabs.
He also pointed out that over 10 million people had received the Sinovac jabs in the mainland and in other areas around the world.
“If the jabs were problematic, we would have known by now,” he added.- RTHK/The Standard