1st December 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mrs Ingrid Yeung, visited the Community Vaccination Centre (CVC) at CUHK Medical Centre today to see for herself the BioNTech bivalent vaccination of the public and learn about the views of the vaccine recipients.
“So far, about 31,200 persons have made an appointment for receiving the BioNTech bivalent vaccine and the vaccination quotas of various vaccination venues are still very abundant. I would like to remind persons aged 50 or above, in particular elderly persons, that only by receiving suitable doses of the vaccine on time can the protection conferred by the vaccine be maintained,” Mrs Yeung said.
“With the significant drop in temperature and the number of confirmed cases staying at a high level, we have to get well prepared for winter, during which the virus will be active. Unvaccinated persons should get vaccinated as soon as possible and for those who are due to receive their second, third and even fourth dose, in particular the elderly and children who belong to the high-risk groups, vaccination should allow no delay.”
Starting from today, the CVCs, the Community Vaccination Stations, the Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Stations, designated general out-patient clinics of the Hospital Authority and the Private Clinic COVID-19 Vaccination Stations provide vaccination service with the BioNTech bivalent vaccine to eligible persons aged 12 or above as an alternative to the fourth dose (or the third dose for recovered persons) in accordance with health authorities’ guidelines, while the Sinovac or the BioNTech ancestral strain vaccines can still be used.
Members of the public may refer to the information by the Department of Health to learn more about the respective dosage and intervals of vaccine for different age groups and recovered persons: www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/pdf/Poster_recommend_third_dose.pdf.
HKSAR Govt Press Release