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Applications for Home Vaccination Service targeting elderly begin Tuesday

Applications for Home Vaccination Service targeting elderly begin Tuesday

A website and a hotline allowing elderly people to register to receive the Beijing-made Sinovac jabs in their homes launched on Tuesday, targeting about 150,000 unvaccinated seniors aged 70 or above.
Citizens with impaired mobility due to illness or physical disability can also register for the Home Vaccination Service by visiting www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/hv/ or dialing 5688 5234.

Speaking on a radio program Tuesday morning, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said authorities will see how many citizens in each district register for the program and then arrange outreach medic teams to visit citizens' homes.

The Government's primary plan is to mobilize the teams to four to five districts every week and cover the whole city within four weeks, according to Nip.

The civil service chief added that there are about 150,000 unvaccinated elderlies aged 70 or above in Hong Kong and hoped the service could achieve what he called “jab searching for people.”

Nip continued that the city's vaccination program has been active for over a year. Although over 90 percent of citizens aged above three have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, authorities need to work harder on boosting the rate for elderly and children, Nip also said.

According to government's website as of Monday night, about 5.8 million citizens, or 86.6 percent of the population, have received their second dose.

Some three million people have gotten their booster jab and a total of 15.6 million doses of Covid vaccine have been administered.

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