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HK on target to achieve 50% vaccination rate, as total tally nears 4M

04 July 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

Dr Chan says more people should get vaccinated so HK could attain herd immunity

Health Secretary Sophia Chan said on a radio program today, Jun 4, that she is hopeful that about half of the local population would have been fully vaccinated by September.

She made her comment as Hong Kong neared the 4 million mark in its vaccination rate for Covid-19. 

The latest tally shows a total of 3,961,700 doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered to local residents. Of these, 2,370,400 have had their first jab while the remaining 1,591,300 had the full two doses.


If all those who just had their first dose would go on and take the second jab, that would be well over  half of the 6.5 million people qualified to take vaccine. 

On Saturday, a record 61,500 people had themselves inoculated. Sunday’s tally was slightly lower, at 52,900, but well within the daily target set for achieving a vaccination rate of at least 50%.

While welcoming the surge in the number of people getting the jabs, Chan said more needs to be done to encourage the public, especially the elderly and the young people, as well as frontline workers, to get vaccinated if herd immunity is to be achieved.

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“Fifty percent is not enough if we’re talking about building herd immunity. Many of our experts said at least it should be 70%,” she said.

Chan again urged the public to get inoculated, saying social distancing restrictions and border controls can be relaxed further if the take-up rate increases.

Vaccine uptake is said to be low among the young, the elderly and frontliners

Meanwhile, three male residents who returned last week from Britain for their summer break were confirmed today as carrying the L452R strain linked to the Delta variant of the coronavirus.


The first case is a 15-year-old student who arrived on Jun 30 on British Airways Flight BA031 from London. He developed symptoms and his sample was tested positive on Jul 3, the fourth day of his quarantine at Regal Airport Hotel.

The second confirmed case, a 20-year-old, also arrived from London on Jun 30 via a KLM flight KL819. He started to show symptoms on Jul 2 while in quarantine at Nina Hotel Island South in Wong Chuk Hang.

The third student arrived on Jun 28 also on a BA031 flight and was spending his quarantine at JEN Hong Kong in Shek Tong Tsui when he developed symptoms on Jul 2.


On Friday, the CHP said eight young people arrived in Hong Kong from London also carrying the L452R variant of Covid-19.

Fears over the rise in the number of travelers from the United Kingdom coming in with the mutated virus prompted Hong Kong authorities to again suspend passenger flights from the country starting on Jul 1.

The latest cases took Hong Kong’s total tally to 11,943, with fewer than five preliminary cases being investigated, the Centre for Health Protection said.

A total of 54 cases have been reported in the past 14 days ending Jul 3, including one local case with unknown sources and two import-related cases.

As at 9am today, there are a total of 58 confirmed patients being treated in 13 public hospitals and the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre, the Hospital Authority said.

Among the patients, one is in critical condition, another is serious and the remaining 56 are stable.

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