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Nearly 1M doses of BioNTech vaccine arrive in HK

13 August 2021

By The SUN  

The BioNTech vaccines should last until end of Oct, when the CVCs close (File)

About 937,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from BioNTech arrived in Hong Kong today, Aug. 13, from the company’s plant in Baxter, Germany. Mainland firm, Fosun Pharma, arranged the shipment.

From the airport, the vaccines were subjected to stringent checking and inspection before they were stored in ultra-low temperature freezers as required by the manufacturer.


The BioNTech vaccines called Comirnaty are highly favored in Hong Kong compared with Coronavac which is manufactured by mainland company Sinovac, because of their higher efficacy and greater acceptability in countries around the world.

As of the latest figures, a total of 6,447,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Hong Kong. Those who have had at least one dose totaled 3,634,800, representing about 53.5% of those qualified to get inoculated.

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Among those who had their first jab, 61% or 2.24M opted for BioNTech, while the rest, or 1.39M, chose Sinovac.

The fresh supply of BioNTech vaccines will help ensure that all qualified Hong Kong residents will get to have their two jabs by the time the 26 community vaccination centres across the city are closed by end of October.

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Originally, the CVCs were meant to be closed by end of September, but a recent surge in the application for vaccination, as well as the popularity of the walk-in arrangement for those aged 60 and above, prompted the government to extend the deadline.

“In view of the demand for vaccination and the vaccination progress, the Government has decided to extend the operation of CVCs until October 31," said a statement issued by the government on Aug 6.


The press statement said the CVCs will continue to provide vaccination services for the first dose in September and the second dose in October.

From last Saturday, the government started releasing the appointment quotas for the CVCs starting on Sept 1 so residents who are still unvaccinated could start booking their first dose.

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The government said it is confident that the so-called herd immunity provided by a 70% inoculation rate in the community could be achieved by the end of next month.

“The demand for COVID-19 vaccination has increased recently. Should the vaccination progress be maintained at the current pace or increase, it is likely that 70 per cent of the eligible population will at least have had their first dose of a vaccine by the end of September,” said the statement.

The government appealed to everyone qualified for the Covid-19 shots to seize the opportunity to get vaccinated and help restore normality to Hong Kong.

When the CVC close, getting the vaccine would be more difficult, as it will be given only at public hospitals and some designated private clinics. BioNTech may not also be freely available then, because it needs to be stored at extremely low temperatures.

The CVC at Central Library will be moved to Java Road Sports Centre starting Oct 1

A few changes were announced in the statement, including the relocation of the CVC at Hong Kong Central Library in Causeway Bay to the Java Road Sports Centre starting Oct 1. Sinovac will continue to be given to people who make their appointments with the venue.

Because of the low patronage of the CVCs at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai and at the Hong Kong International Airport, both will be closed at the end of September. Vaccination applicants will be given their first dose in August and their second dose within September.

The 26 CVCs that will continue to provide first-dose vaccination services in September are as follows:

 Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine 

Wan Chai 

Hong Kong Central Library*

Yau Tsim Mong 

Kwun Chung Sports Centre

Kwun Tong  

Kowloon Bay Sports Centre

Sha Tin

Yuen Wo Road Sports Centre

Yuen Long  

Tin Fai Road Sports Centre

* The CVC at the Hong Kong Central Library will be relocated to Java Road Sports Centre on October 1. It will be renamed as the CVC at Java Road Sports Centre to provide second-dose Sinovac CoronaVac vaccination service.
BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine 

Central and Western

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre

Wan Chai

Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital
St Paul's Hospital


Sai Wan Ho Sports Centre
HKSH Eastern Medical Centre


Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong

Yau Tsim Mong 

Boundary Street Sports Centre (No. 1 and No. 2)

Sham Shui Po 

Lai Chi Kok Park Sports Centre

Kwun Tong 

Hiu Kwong Street Sports Centre

Wong Tai Sin 

Choi Hung Road Badminton Centre

Kowloon City 

Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre
Ho Man Tin Sports Centre


Lung Sum Avenue Sports Centre

Sha Tin 

CUHK Medical Centre

Tai Po

Tai Po Hui Sports Centre

Sai Kung 

Tseung Kwan O Sports Centre

Tsuen Wan

Tsuen King Circuit Sports Centre

Kwai Tsing 

Osman Ramju Sadick Memorial Sports Centre

Tuen Mun 

Yau Oi Sports Centre

Yuen Long  

Yuen Long Sports Centre


Tung Chung Community Hall

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