Coronavirus: HK children aged 12 to 15 can begin booking vaccination slots from Friday, get jabs on Monday

11-Jun-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong children as young as 12 can begin booking Covid-19 vaccination slots from Friday and receiving the jabs as early as Monday, the government has announced.

The expansion of the city’s inoculation programme follows health minister Sophia Chan Siu-chee officially lowering the vaccination age for the German-made BioNTech vaccines from 16 exactly one week ago.

Children aged between 12 and 15 will now be able to get their shots in three ways: via individual bookings at the 24 community vaccination centres now offering the BioNTech vaccine, group vaccinations at the same centres, or through outreach services at schools where a minimum number of staff, students and parents have said they are willing to be inoculated.

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“The two vaccines available in Hong Kong are safe and approved by [the World Health Organization], and more than 2.2 billion people have received them globally,” civil service minister Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said at a press conference announcing the move.

“The next three months is the critical stage, and we hope residents will receive their first jab by August to reach herd immunity.”

The expansion opens the door to an additional 240,000 residents being covered by the city’s vaccination programme, bringing the total number of eligible residents to 6.82 million.

Before Thursday’s press conference, Hong Kong confirmed just two new Covid-19 infections, both imported. The cases, arrivals from Britain and Mauritania, took the city’s overall tally to 11,874, with 210 related deaths. Fewer than five people, meanwhile, tested preliminary-positive for the virus.

Separately, a government health adviser told a morning radio programme that health authorities were actively testing different methods of drawing blood via finger pricks for Covid-19 antibody screenings to be administered at the airport a move seen as the next step in the fight against more virulent strains of the coronavirus.

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