Hong Kong announces compulsory COVID-19 vaccines for key sectors

Hong Kong announces compulsory COVID-19 vaccines for key sectors

2/8/2021 2:24:00 PM

Hong Kong announces compulsory COVID-19 vaccines for key sectors

Hong Kong civil servants, teachers and healthcare workers must get vaccinated against COVID-19 or pay for regular testing, the city's leader ...

AsiaHong Kong is one of the few places in the world to have secured ample supplies of coronavirus vaccines. (File photo: AFP/Anthony Wallace)02 Aug 2021 06:55PMShare this contentBookmarkHONG KONG: Hong Kong civil servants, teachers and healthcare workers must get vaccinated against COVID-19 or pay for regular testing, the city's leader announced on Monday (Aug 2), as her administration adopted a push into mandatory inoculations.

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The finance hub is one of the few places in the world to have secured ample supplies of coronavirus vaccines, but public take-up has been lacklustre.AdvertisementAdvertisementAfter six months, only 36 per cent of the city's 7.5 million residents are fully vaccinated with two jabs while 48 per cent have received one dose.

But infections have remained low as Hong Kong has been all but closed to non-residents for most of the last 18 months, and all arrivals must undergo a lengthy quarantine in designated hotels.On Monday, chief executive Carrie Lam announced a new push to raise the city's vaccination rate by making jabs compulsory for four sectors: Civil servants, healthcare workers, care home staff and school teachers. headtopics.com

Vaccination rates vary between those sectors - from 70 per cent among civil servants to just 47 per cent among teachers. Read more: CNA »

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