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Elderly residents line up for vaccines as 2 more imported infections reported

29 July 2021

By The SUN 

The 2 tested negative on arrival, but turned positive on their 3rd day in quarantine

Two new imported cases of Covid-19 were reported today, Jul 29, and both carried the mutant L452R strain commonly linked to the Delta variant.

In addition, one of the patients who had flown in from the United States, had received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine in Hong Kong, one on Mar 17 and the other on Apr 7. He also tested positive for antibodies.


Both he and the other patient who came from Tanzania, arrived in Hong Kong on Jul 25 and tested positive on their Day 3 test while in hotel quarantine.

The Centre for Health Protection also reported the case of a 46-year-old resident who left Hong Kong on Jul 15 and tested positive for Covid-19 on his arrival in London on Jul 17.

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As a result, Rosedale Hotel in Causeway Bay where he had stayed before leaving Hong Kong was put under compulsory testing last night.

Some of the elderly applicants were in line as early as 6am (RTHK photo)

Meanwhile, many elderly residents queued up early at community vaccination centres (CVCs) across Hong Kong to take advantage of the new walk-in scheme for them which kicked off today.


Under the program, people aged 70 and older no longer have to book an appointment to get a Covid-19 vaccine. All they have to do is secure a ticket that is given out at all CVCs starting at 7:45 am each day, indicating the time on that day when they can get vaccinated.

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Despite government’s advice that anyone can queue up for the tickets on behalf of an elderly recipient, many of the vaccine applicants had lined up themselves, well ahead of the start of the distribution.

According to a report from RTHK, a man who lined up for a ticket at a Lai Chi Kok CVC said he was there as early as 6am. He lived alone and didn’t know how to use the internet, so he had to go get the ticket himself.

The government said it will issue 4,500 tickets each day to encourage more elderly residents to get vaccinated. Those aged 70 and above were found to have the lowest vaccination rate among all age groups.

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