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Govt wages all-out vaccination drive as 6 new cases reported

21 October 2021

By The SUN  

Nip joins housing residents on a free bus service to a vaccination centre in Sham Shui Po

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip went to three districts today, Oct 21, to push the government’s campaign to get more people vaccinated against Covid-19, particularly the elderly.

Part of his itinerary was the inspection of the vaccination transport service which launched today at Fu Cheong Estate in Sham Shui Po. The service will provide free transportation between public housing estates and community vaccination centers.

The move comes as six new imported Covid-19 cases were recorded today, involving two arrivals from Mongolia, and one each from the Philippines, Netherlands, Indonesia and India.

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The two patients who flew from Mongolia via Korea on flight CX419 on Oct 17, tested positive while at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre. They were taken there as close contacts of an earlier imported case. They both have the L452R mutant strain.

The patient from the Philippines is a 50-year-old female resident who came on Oct 17 via flight 5J472. She was in quarantine at Ramada Harbour View Hotel in Sai Ying Pun when she developed symptoms on Oct 19 and tested positive. She carries the L451R strain.

The 35-year-old male patient from the Netherlands is identified as a sea crew. He arrived on Oct 19 via KL819 and tested positive on arrival. He also has the mutant strain.



There is one female domestic helper in the group, a 41-year-old Indonesian who was in quarantine at Penny’s Bay. She came via GA876 on Oct 17. Her specimen was not enough to test for variants.

The sixth patient is a 60-year-old male returnee from India who came on Oct 17 via AI314. He was staying at Silka Seaview Hotel in Yau Ma Tei when found infected. His test result for the variant is pending.

Meanwhile, Secretary Nip went to Sham Shui Po, Wan Chai and Wong Tai Sin earlier today as part of the government’s outreach vaccination services.



The trial run of the transport service in Sham Shui Po is part of the effort to get as many residents, particularly the elderly, to take Covid-19 vaccines.

A vehicle will pick up residents at scheduled times in designated housing estates and take them to a nearby CVC for vaccination. The residents will be taken back to their housing estates after getting vaccinated.

The vaccination team led by Nip also went to Fung Ming Hall in Wong Tai Sin to provide Sinovac vaccination services to residents, today and tomorrow.

Public vaccination at Fung Ming Hall in Wong Tai Sin

Nip also attended a vaccination event for elderly persons in Wan Chai District at Wan Chai Activities Centre.

Another one-stop service providing health talk, medical consultation and Covid-19 vaccination will be held at Yoho Mall I in Yuen Long this Saturday, Oct. 23.

The outreach team will provide BioNTech vaccination services to residents of Yuen Long from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. Residents can call 5193 0375 during office hours for enquiries, or they can register for vaccination on the spot.

There are various other channels for receiving their choice of a Covid-19 vaccine, including walk-ins at CVCs, or through private doctors or clinics participating in the government’s vaccination program.

In addition, the seven COVID-19 Vaccination Stations at public hospitals operate from 10am to 7pm on weekdays except public holidays, with no lunch break. The last vaccination is at 6.30pm.

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