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HK residents can choose which Covid-19 vaccine they want, CE clarifies

24 December 2020

 By The SUN 

CE says residents may choose when and where to get the jabs 
 

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said that she was misunderstood when she said Hong Kong residents won’t be allowed to choose which Covid-19 vaccines they want to get.

She issued the clarification at a news conference late Tuesday night, held to announce that the government has procured more than enough vaccines for all of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million population.

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Mrs Lam explained that what she meant was that people can’t demand which vaccine they want at a particular venue. But they can wait for the right time and place where they could have the jabs.

“I don’t see how we can offer different types of vaccines at one site. That will be confusing,” she said.

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She revealed that the government has now secured another 7.5 million doses of a vaccine jointly developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical giant AstaZeneca.

This is on top of the 15 million doses it secured earlier from two sources, mainland firm Sinovac, and German drug company BioNTech, to ensure all residents would get the required two jabs of the vaccine.

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Mrs Lam said the Executive Council approved a legal framework that will allow the government to use the vaccines on an emergency basis.

This means that they will not be readily available in the market, and they will remain part of the government vaccination program.


The Sinovac vaccine is expected to arrive as early as next month, while BioNTech’s will come in the first quarter.

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The race to get the vaccines and stop the spread of the virus has led to serious concerns about their safety.

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To address these concerns, the government has set up an indemnity fund under the new law for anyone who might suffer from serious complications as a result of the vaccines.

The chief executive also said people should look at the cold hard fact, instead of focusing on the vaccines’ country of origin.

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“It’s a question of public education, which will of course be based on scientific data and explanation, that when one looks at the vaccine, it’s their safety, it’s their efficacy, it’s their quality. It’s not a particular place,” she said.

“It’s not a particular sentiment of where do you want that vaccine to come from. Let’s don’t try to politicise what is a scientific issue for the good of Hong Kong.”

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The government also announced that from Thursday, all travelers arriving from Britain will have to spend their mandatory 21-day quarantine at designated hotels. Earlier this week, they were told they could spend 14 days in a hotel, and spend the remaining quarantine at home.

Exco also approved new rules extending mandatory quarantine orders of up to 28 days, if and when the government deems it necessary.

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This was after a more infections coronavirus variant was found in two teenage boys who arrived from London recently. One is still being treated in hospital, while the other had already been discharged after spending time at the community treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo.

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