HK children to go back to school for jabs after LNY break: report

15-Jan-2022 Intellasia | TheStandard | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Children aged five to 11 will be arranged to get their Covid jabs at school by government outreach teams after the Lunar New Year break, according to Commercial Radio’s report.

Hong Kong earlier lowered the age threshold for the Sinovac vaccine from 12 to five, while an expert panel on Wednesday recommended authorities to also administer the adult version of BioNTech/Fosun vaccine to the age group, but cut the dosage to one-third.

The report on Thursday suggested that authorities are opting to arrange for students to get their Covid jabs at school after they resume in-person school classes in February, as they don’t want parents taking their kids to vaccination centers by themselves.

The SAR government will by then run a small-scale pilot scheme for children aged five to 11 to receive the BioNTech vaccine.

The report also noted that authorities are still prioritising the vaccination for the elderly instead of children.

Speaking on a radio programme this morning, Professor Wallace Lau Chak-sing, chair of the government advisory panel on Covid-19 vaccines, said it was understood that most parents in Hong Kong are hoping the BioNTech jabs could be made available for children as well.

Lau said it would be up to health authorities to decide if they would authorise the use of the German-made vaccine in children, with appropriate arrangements implemented after the Lunar New Year break in February.

The health expert also said the city could see up to 90 percent of the eligible children get vaccinated after both vaccines were approved for use in Hong Kong.


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