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High demand for kid jabs

High demand for kid jabs

Hours after online registration for children aged five to 11 to receive the BioNTech jab opened yesterday morning, two of three vaccination centers for kids saw mostly or completely full bookings for the first five days.
The children will receive the German-made vaccine from Wednesday at a third of an adult dose.

The community vaccination centers providing the vaccine to children include Hong Kong Children's Hospital in Kowloon City and Yuen Chau Kok Sports Centre in Sha Tin, which will start inoculating children on February 16, and Gleneagles Hospital in Wong Chuk Hang, which will begin on February 24.

As of yesterday, the Children's Hospital center was fully booked from February 16 to 20, while Gleneagles Hospital center was fully booked from February 24 to March 1.

But children can still get vaccinated at Yuen Chau Kok center as just the February 16 and 19 dates are fully booked.

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen reminded parents that their children should receive a second BioNTech dose 12 weeks after getting the first one.

Apart from the BioNTech jabs, children aged five to 11 can also receive the Beijing-made Sinovac vaccine at three centers, 14 public hospitals, five student health service centers and more than 1,000 private clinics, Nip said.

He added that children should wait 28 days before getting their second Sinovac jab.

Children should have their parents' consent forms when getting the jab.

"Covid is spreading in Hong Kong and the pandemic situation continues to deteriorate due to the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant. Children should get vaccinated to protect themselves as soon as possible," Nip said.

"I hope more Hongkongers can get vaccinated so the SAR's vaccination rate can reach 90 percent to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible."

All 15 community vaccination centers for adults have been fully booked for the coming two weeks after the government on Wednesday announced that more premises, including supermarkets and malls, will be included in the "no jab, no entry" list.

Five of the centers - Java Road Sports Centre, Kwun Chung Sports Centre and Yuen Wo Road Sports Centre, which provide the Sinovac vaccine, and CUHK Medical Centre and Yuen Long Sports Centre which provide BioNTech jabs - are fully booked in the coming three to four weeks.
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