Mainland-made Sinovac jabs will take the lead as Hong Kong starts Covid-19 vaccinations next Friday (Feb 26), with registrations to start on Tuesday (Feb 23), said Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, the minister in charge of the citywide inoculation program.
Five priority groups will be allowed vaccinations first. They included medical staffers and workers fighting the pandemic, elderly people and their carers, and residents and workers of elderly homes and disabled homes.
Also covered are workers of public service, including cleaners, transport workers, disciplinary forces and postmen, as well as cross-border workers such as drivers and airport staffers.
Those aged 60 or above are eligible, while those aged 70 or above can take with them two carers who can get the jabs as well.
Those in the priority groups will be able to make their booking for the Covid jabs starting on February 23 through a designated website.
The jabs will first be given at five community vaccination centers and 18 public clinics. Another 1,200 private doctors will join in, administering the jabs starting from the beginning of March.
Nip said there will be a total of four channels for citizens to get the jabs, including 29 community vaccination centers, over 1,500 private clinics, 18 public clinics, and care homes.
“Among the 29 community vaccination centers, 24 will be administering the BioNTech jabs while the other five will give the Sinovac jabs,” said Nip.