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Published: 14:46, September 11, 2021 | Updated: 18:25, September 11, 2021
HK official: Govt aims to boost elderly vaccination rate
By Wang Zhan
Published:14:46, September 11, 2021 Updated:18:25, September 11, 2021 By Wang Zhan

An elderly woman receives the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at a community vaccination center in Hong Kong on Feb 23, 2021 as frontline workers and high-risk people are the first in line to be vaccinated in the territory. (PETER PARKS / POOL / AFP)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said the government would focus on increasing the vaccination rate among the elderly in the coming months.

Speaking after attending a radio program on Saturday morning, Nip said the elderly are the vulnerable group that the government needs to protect, adding that a higher inoculation rate would help build a strong protective shield in the community.

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He said earlier this week that the vaccination rate of people aged 70 and above remained at 27 percent, compared with around 69 percent for people aged below 70.

Apart from arranging outreach services at shopping malls and in housing estates, the government would also hold talks and provide medical consultation services across different districts, Nip said. On-site vaccination services will also be provided, he added.

As of Friday evening, some 4.31 million people have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while around 3.75 million people have been fully vaccinated, representing 55.7 percent of the eligible population, official data showed.

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