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CVCs to remain open until Dec but will scale down operation

09 September 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

One of the first CVCs to close down is the one at Central Library in Causeway Bay

Most of Hong Kong’s community vaccination centres will remain open until December, but first-time doses will be given only until the end of November.

In a press statement issued today, Sept 9, the government said that 21 CVCs will remain in operation until December, while five will be closed from November.

"We have endeavoured to maintain as much as possible the operation of the CVCs with the more popular time slots to facilitate the vaccination of members of the public,” said the statement.

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“Starting from November, the number of CVCs will be decreased by eight to 21 from the peak of 29.”

Those that will close from November are the CVCs at St Paul’s Hospital, HK Sanatorium, HKSH Eastern Medical Centre, and the sports centres in Tai Po Hui and Tsuen King Circuit.

Those that will remain open will have shorter opening hours from November, except during the weekends, when they will remain open from 8am to 8pm. They will operate from 10am to 6pm on all weekdays, except on Wednesday when they will be closed.


The same lunchtime break of 1:30pm to 2:30pm will be observed on the days that they operate.

The government said the adjustments are being made, having regard for the number of vaccines still in supply, and the slowdown in the pace of vaccination.


Yesterday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressed alarm at the “alarming” drop in the number of people getting the Covid-19 vaccines.

CE Lam (in white top) says only about 10,000 get vaccinated on a daily basis now

She said that recently, only about 10,000 people had taken the jabs on a daily basis. This is a far cry from the 60,000 or more people who got themselves vaccinated daily a month or so ago, when various groups dangled incentives like lucky draws to boost the inoculation rate.

If people want to help speed up the reopening of Hong Kong’s borders they should get vaccinated, the top official said.


“I said previously that if we want to achieve a 70 percent vaccination rate by the end of this month, more than 22,000 people need to take the first dose of the vaccine every day,” Lam said.

She added the government will continue to encourage more Hong Kong people to receive jabs “and use other means to boost the vaccination rate.”

The latter could refer to a further tightening of the screws on government employees and frontline workers who refuse to get vaccinated.

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Civil servants, whether fulltime or parttime, have already been told that they would have to pay for their regular Covid-19 tests and have these done outside office hours if they insist on not getting jabs without any medical reason.

Some companies like Cathay have taken the vaccination drive a step further, announcing yesterday that it had sacked “a small number” of flight crew who weren’t vaccinated and could not produce proof of medical exemption.

An airline staff union called the dismissals unreasonable and urged Cathay to just move the affected crew to other jobs.

But the airline is not likely to receive sanctions for the order, as many other air companies around the world have imposed the same policy.

Cathay says it has fired flight crew who refused to get vaccinated without medical reason

CVCs were originally meant to close at the end of September, after operating continuously for the past seven months.

But the tepid response to the vaccination plus the abundance of vaccine supply in Hong Kong prompted the government to move the closing date, first to October, and now, December.

From November, the CVCs will have a quota of 27,000 vaccination slots per day during weekdays, comprising 21,000 people being given the BioNTech vaccine and 6,000 others getting jabbed with Sinovac.

“On weekends, the CVCs will provide daily vaccination quotas of 32,000 and 9,000 for the BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines respectively. Together with the vaccination services of the Sinovac vaccine provided by over 1 000 private doctor clinics, we believe the demand of the public can be met,” said the government.

The 21 CVCs that will provide first-dose vaccination services in October and November are as follows:
CVCs providing Sinovac vaccine:
Java Road Sports Centre
Kwun Chung Sports Centre
Kowloon Bay Sports Centre
Yuen Wo Road Sports Centre
Tin Fai Road Sports Centre
CVCs providing BioNTech vaccine:
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre
Sai Wan Ho Sports Centre
Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong
Hiu Kwong Street Sports Centre
Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre
Ho Man Tin Sports Centre
Lai Chi Kok Park Sports Centre
Boundary Street Sports Centre
Choi Hung Road Badminton Centre
Lung Sum Avenue Sports Centre
CUHK Medical Centre
Tseung Kwan O Sports Centre
Osman Ramju Sadick Memorial Sports Centre
Yau Oi Sports Centre
Yuen Long Sports Centre
Tung Chung Community Hall
More details about the government’s vaccination program may be viewed on this dedicated website:

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