Walk-in vaccination scheme for elderly to start Thursday

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A Covid-19 vaccination centre offering jabs developed by BioNTech in Sai Wan Ho

Hong Kong residents aged 70 and above may get Covid-19 jabs without the need to book an appointment starting Thursday, in a bid to encourage the elderly to get vaccinated.

The government announced on Tuesday around 4,600 same-day vaccination tickets will be opened in 24 community vaccination centres to accommodate senior residents.

This means most of the centres will give out around 200 tickets per day, while the jab centres at the Tung Chung Community Hall and the Hong Kong International Airport will distribute 100 passes a day.

Elderly persons aged 70 and above just need to bring their Hong Kong IDs to get a ticket. They can also authorise their family members or carers to get tickets on their behalf.

Authorities are also mulling extending the arrangement to cover people aged 60 to 69 depending on the response to this arrangement, the statement said.

“We hope that this arrangement can further enable the elderly to get vaccinated. As the same-day tickets will be distributed daily, it is not necessary for elderly persons to queue up at CVCs too early for a ticket,” the statement added.

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Starting Wednesday, July 28, the government will also extend the period to book Covid-19 jab appointments from three weeks to four weeks.

The announcement came as the Centre for Health Protection confirmed one new imported Covid-19 case.

The case involves a 37-year-old man who had been to Spain and Switzerland between July 3 and 24.

He returned to Hong Kong on Sunday via Swiss flight LX138, but he developed symptoms the day before.

A staffer from the Health Department said the man was found carrying the L452R mutant strain of the coronavirus.

The man also received two doses of the Covid-19 jab from BioNTech in April and May.

Fewer than five preliminarily positive Covid-19 cases were reported.

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