Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today attended a COVID-19 vaccination event for the elderly with Hong Kong University Chair of Infectious Diseases Prof Yuen Kwok-yung.
Users of elderly services of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in Eastern District and their family members, totalling 170 people, participated in the activity held at Fong Shu Chuen Social Service Building in Shau Kei Wan.
Prof Yuen gave a briefing on COVID-19 vaccines to the elderly participants. A number of volunteer doctors also offered one-on-one medical consultations.
While the Government’s outreach vaccination team provided the Sinovac vaccination service at a temporary jab area in the building, those who opted for the BioNTech vaccine were assisted by staff to make arrangements for getting vaccinated.
Mr Nip stressed that both vaccines available in Hong Kong are highly effective in protecting against severe diseases and death from COVID-19 infection. In view of the threat posed by mutant strains that carry higher transmissibility, the public, in particular the elderly, should protect themselves by receiving vaccination.
Furthermore, he dispelled the misconception that it is not necessary to get vaccinated if people do not go out very often, and that it suffices for the younger generation to get vaccinated.
He also called on the elderly to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before the winter influenza season starts.
In addition, Mr Nip thanked Prof Yuen for giving a detailed briefing on COVID-19 vaccination to the senior citizens.
Mr Nip said: “Reaching out to the community and focusing on the elderly are the priorities of the vaccination programme at this stage.
“I hope that the elderly participants can tell their family members and other elderly people what they have learnt about COVID-19 vaccines today and share their own vaccination experience.
“Each and every one of us in the community has to do our part to promote vaccination so as to attain a vaccination rate of 70% or more.”