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Around 60,000 booked vaccination appointments

Around 60,000 booked vaccination appointments

As of 12pm today, around 60,000 people have made their appointments online for the coronavirus jabs, said the Secretary for the Civil Service, Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, in charge of the city's Covid-19 vaccination program.
Nip said 80 percent of the quota for the next two weeks has been occupied

The government's vaccination program is due to get underway on February 26, with those in various "high priority" groups the first to be invited to get inoculated.

However, due to technical issues, some 110 citizens have been able to make their appointments to get the jabs at the Central Library today, with most of them being elderly along with their caretakers, said Nip.

He also added that the five community vaccination centers can administer jabs for up to 2,500 people per day for each center.

“We hope to hammer out plans for private doctors to also help administer the jabs as soon as possible, allowing more people to receive the service,” he said.

The government earlier announced that over 1,200 private doctors of more than 1,500 clinics participating in the city’s vaccination program are expected to administer the Sinovac vaccine before mid-March.

Meanwhile, the BioNTech coronavirus vaccines are expected to arrive later this week within one to two days, according to the civil service chief.

By around 2pm today, there was a waiting time of more than one hour for people to make bookings on the government's website, with the "Book vaccination" link taking people to a page that was only available in Chinese.

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