HK leader, other officials receive COVID-19 vaccine

23-Feb-2021 Intellasia | ABC | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other government officials received COVID-19 vaccines on Monday as the city begins its inoculation programme.

Lam and city’s health minister Sophia Chan were among the first people to receive their vaccines in Hong Kong, after about a million doses of the vaccine by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech arrived in the Chinese territory last week.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, left, receives COVID-19 vaccinations at a Community Vaccination Centre in Hong Kong Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, left, receives COVID-19 vaccinations at a Community Vaccination Centre in Hong Kong Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong is to begin its inoculation programme on Friday after several delays in vaccine shipments to the city. Those who will receive priority for the vaccinations include the elderly, medical workers, caretakers at elderly homes and employees such as airline cabin crew and cross-border drivers.

“We are very determined, very committed to rolling out a free and universal vaccination programme for the people of Hong Kong so that we could get ourselves out of this epidemic as soon as possible,” Lam said to reporters after she was inoculated.

Efforts to fight the pandemic, including the vaccination programme, require the full collaboration of the people of Hong Kong, she said.

A recent poll conducted by the University of Hong Kong found that respondents were distrustful of the Chinese vaccine, with only about 30 percent willing to accept it amid concerns about its low efficacy.

In contrast, 56 percent of respondents were willing to take the Pfiser-BioNTech vaccine.

Hong Kong’s government has also ordered the Pfiser-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines. So far, only the Sinovac and Pfiser-BioNTech vaccines have been approved for use in the city.

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