Seventy percent of population vaccinated by Sep: Patrick Nip

Hong Kong | 18 Jul 2021 12:15 pm

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen expected Hong Kong can meet the goal of 70 percent of its population getting vaccinated by the end of September.  

Nip said on a radio programme today, saying 2.8 million people have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday, which is 41 percent of the population eligible for vaccination. 

“Vaccination is a must for cross-border activities. If we have to open the borders with the mainland, we have to maintain the infection rate at zero and prevent imported cases,” he said.

He also said the elderly are at a higher risk of being infected, but less than 25 percent of the elderly who aged 60 or above have got vaccinated.

“The vaccination rate in some industries is quite good. The vaccination rate of frontline civil servants is more than 70 percent,” he said.

He added that the government is planning to expand the vaccination scope of frontline civil servants, so more can get vaccinated. 

As the community vaccination centers will only be running until the end of August, He said the community vaccination could not be running non-stop but he did notice there are more bookings in some centers. The government may have further arrangements depending on the coming situation. 

There are sources saying that the government will allow the vaccinated Hongkongers who are from high-risk places to come back to Hong Kong.

 “The government is now in a dilemma. On one hand, we want the overseas Hongkongers to come back. But on the other hand, we want to prevent the importation of cases. The Food and Health Bureau is mapping out plans on this,” Nip said.

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