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CE Lam and key officials take first Covid-19 jabs

22 February 2021

By The SUN 

CE Lam takes the first Covid-19 jab in front of TV cameras

Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her top officials became the first people to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Hong Kong.

Lam, Chief Secretary Matthew Leung, Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng, Security Secretary John Lee and Health Secretary Sophia Chan were among those who received their jabs at the Central Library in Causeway Bay, in a process covered live on TV.

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The CE said they received the vaccine from mainland company, Sinovac. By taking the lead, she said her government was hoping to reassure the public that the vaccines are safe.

“I have to assure every Hong Kong citizen that the government is very serious about the safety, efficacy and quality of vaccines. We will only use vaccines which meet those high standards before we put it into the government vaccination program,” she said.

Key officials got the Sinovac jab after CE Lam to show support for the inoculation program

A recent survey showed only 39% of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million residents are planning to get the jab, amid fears over their safety and efficacy.

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Clinical trials show that the vaccine from Sinovac, a million doses of which were flown in from Beijing on Friday, Feb. 19, has an efficacy rate of between 50 and 62 percent.

The one manufactured by German firm BioNTech, which is due to arrive in Hong Kong at the end of the month, has been shown to be 95% effective but has to be stored in extremely cold temperature.


Online registration for the shots for those in the “high priority” groups - including those aged 60 and above, medical staff and other frontliners and residents in care homes - begins tomorrow, Feb 23.

The mass vaccination will start on Friday, Feb. 26.

The CHP reported 16 new coronavirus cases through a press statement

Meanwhile, the Centre for Health Protection reported 16 new Covid-19 cases today, which took Hong Kong’s total infection tally to 10,885.


Three of the new cases are imported, and all involved returning foreign domestic workers from Indonesia, aged 21, 22 and 45.

In a press statement issued in lieu of the daily briefing, the CHP said of the 13 local cases, four had unknown sources while nine were linked to previous infections.

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The four untraceable cases included a postnatal care helper, two retirees and a computer officer. All asked to be tested after developing symptoms like sore throat, runny nose, diarrhea, shortness of breath, cough, headache and shortness of breath.

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