Govt to take blood samples for antibody testing from inbound travelers

Local | 10 Jun 2021 12:03 pm

A health expert said today that it was understood that health authorities will take blood samples for coronavirus antibody testing from arrivals at Hong Kong’s international airport.

A respiratory expert from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, David Hui Shu-cheong, said a blood test would give a more accurate test result for antibodies.

He also said authorities are now looking into which reagent will be used for the antibody test.

Hui, also a government adviser, said it would be feasible for fully vaccinated inbound travelers to shorten their compulsory quarantine period.

“For fully vaccinated individuals arriving in Hong Kong from non-high risk areas, their quarantine period can be shortened to seven days instead of 14 after they tested negative for the coronavirus and positive for antibodies,” said Hui.

“They will have to undergo self-monitoring for seven days afterward. We’ll impose multiple testings during their quarantine period,” he added.

The expert also said it is safe for elderly people who have taken flu shots in the past to get the Covid jabs.

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