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Walk-in vaccination for students gets frosty reception on first day

Walk-in vaccination for students gets frosty reception on first day

Students aged 12 or above can take their coronavirus jabs at 24 vaccination centers without a booking starting today, but less than a dozen students showed up at a Wan Chai center this morning.
Medical Conscience chairman Dr David Lam Tzit-yuen, in charge of the Queen Elizabeth Stadium vaccination center, said as of 10am this morning, less than 10 students showed up at the center to get their same-day tickets to receive a Covid-19 jab.

However, he said students aged 12 and above or their parents are capable of making their jab appointments online, which could explain the small number of people showing up this morning.

Meanwhile, despite a frosty reception over the students’ walk-in vaccination scheme, Lam said there is no harm in trying new ways to boost the city’s vaccination rate.

He also added that 4,000 students had so far been jabbed at his Wan Chai center, along with a few schools making their reservations to bring students over for vaccination at the beginning of the new school year.

A total of 4,600 same-day tickets are distributed daily from 7.45am at the city’s 24 community vaccine centers on a first-come, first-served basis.

About 200 such passes will be given out at most of the vaccination centers except the smaller ones in Tung Chung and the airport, which will only have a daily quota of 100.

Those aged 12 to 17 are required to bring along a consent form signed by their parents for vaccination.
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