April 16: The government announced the extension of the Covid-19 inoculation programme to residents below 30 years old starting April 23. Hongkongers aged 16 to 29 will be eligible for the vaccination. BioNTech jabs will be allowed for 16 and 17 year olds and will need their parent's consent to get vaccinated. The minimum age for receiving the Sinovac vaccine is 18 years old. The extension of the programme will now be able to cover 88 percent of the city's population. Residents who are delaying their jabs but are looking into BioNTech as an option must get their jabs as soon as possible because the government would cease BioNTech vaccination in Hong Kong by the end of September. Those who opt for the Pfizer jab will need to get their first vaccine dose by the end of August.
Hong Kong recently delayed shipments of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine due to safety concerns on possible links between the vaccine and rare cases of blood clots. Seven million five hundred thousand doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jabs were originally scheduled to arrive in the city in the latter part of the year. Experts urge the government to procure jabs from other companies or replace them with second-generation vaccines, which the government is considering.
The city already received shipments of 15 million doses of BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines, and over 950,000 Covid-19 vaccinations have been administered in Hong Kong. Three hundred thousand additional doses of the BioNTech vaccine arrived in the city on April 2, and resumption of the BioNTech inoculations already started on April 5 after the temporary suspension due to a defective batch of vials. Since March 16, Hong Kong expanded the vaccination campaign to include domestic helpers and students (16 years old and over) who study overseas, while the age threshold for recipients was lowered to 30 years old.
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