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Top official says HK on target to achieve 70% vaccination rate

10 July 2021

By The SUN


HK could achieve the 70% vaccination rate needed for herd immunity, says Nip

A top Hong Kong official has said that Hong Kong could achieve a vaccination rate of 70%, the target set by experts for achieving herd immunity in any place.

Secretary for Civil Service, Patrick Nip, made the comment after the daily vaccination figure hit a record or more than 70,000 yesterday. That’s nearly 14 percent higher than the daily moving average of 61,500 in the past week.


Nip, who is in charge of the city’s vaccination program, said he was happy to see the record tally. If the trend continued he said the target rate could be achieved.

As of Friday night, about 4,227,300 doses of Covid vaccines had been administered. More than 2.5 million of these were administered to people for the first time, while 1.7 million went to those who had completed two doses of the vaccine.

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If those who had the first dose would complete their vaccination within this month, that would amount to more than 50% of all qualified residents having completed their two jabs.

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Last week, Health Secretary Sophia Chan said she was hopeful the half-mark would be achieved by the end of August, when the community vaccination centers would be closed, and the inoculation passed on to hospitals and private clinics.

Health expert says the vaccination rate should top 80% to protect HK from variants

While the 70% vaccination rate now looks within target, an expert advising the government on the vaccination program says bigger cover is needed to guard even against the more infectious variants.


Speaking on a radio programme, Professor Lau Yu-lung said Hong Kong could be protected from any coronavirus variant if the vaccination rate went up to between 80 or 90 per cent.

Lau said people with chronic conditions should get vaccinated because they are at high risk of developing serious complications if they get infected.

In line with this, he said a vaccination center run by the University of Hong Kong would start giving jabs to children who have had cancer and kidney transplants.

The following report on the vaccination figures was released late last night by the government:


Number of persons receiving Sinovac vaccine

Number of persons receiving BioNTech vaccine

Total number of doses

First vaccine dose

1 064 400

1 477 400

2 541 800

Second vaccine dose

717 500

1 017 900

1 735 500

* The numbers are rounded to the nearest hundred.
     In the 24 hours ending at 8pm today (July 9), about 70 000 persons have received vaccination and about 33 300 new vaccination bookings have been made online. Details are as follows:


Sinovac vaccine

BioNTech vaccine

Number of persons receiving first dose

11 500

21 000

Number of persons receiving second dose

15 800

21 700

Overall percentage of persons receiving vaccines at Community Vaccination Centres (CVCs)



Number of online bookings for receiving first and second vaccine doses

5 300

28 000

* The numbers are rounded to the nearest hundred.



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