To boost Hong Kong's vaccination rate, Secretary for Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said the government intends to increase the frequency of self-paid testings for unvaccinated civil servants from every two weeks to once a week.
Nip said on a TV program on Sunday that it seems reasonable to give a day off to government employees to receive a third Covid
dose. He also called upon private enterprises to follow the government's measures.
The government announced earlier that some 1.86 million residents from priority groups can start booking their Covid
-19 booster jabs last Thursday (November 4) and receive the shots from next Thursday (November 11).
A total of 35,000 people have made appointments for the third dose in the first two days.
Nip said that the government would take into account public response and the capacity of vaccination centers, to extend the booster jabs to everyone who had received Sinovac jabs as soon as possible.
As for whether those who received two doses of BioNTech vaccines
can get a booster jab six months after their vaccination, he said the government will make an announcement on that later.
He added that administering booster jabs has no direct link to resuming quarantine-free cross-border travel with the mainland, but it will be a factor which the mainland authorities will consider.
Nip, who has already received two doses of Sinovac vaccines
, said he would definitely receive a third dose but is unsure of which vaccine
. He would announce his choice after receiving his jab.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said she will go for Sinovac, despite advice that has proven that the BioNTech
booster jab can increase antibody levels more significantly.