Beijing Expands Booster Shot To Athletes, Staff And ‘At-Risk’ Workers Four Months Before Winter Olympics

Beijing Expands Booster Shot To Athletes, Staff And ‘At-Risk’ Workers Four Months Before Winter Olympics

10/22/2021 12:40:00 PM

Beijing Expands Booster Shot To Athletes, Staff And ‘At-Risk’ Workers Four Months Before Winter Olympics

Beijing’s widened booster shot rollout will include all people who are involved in the upcoming winter games, either as participants or organizers.

ToplineBeijing has begun administering Covid-19 vaccine boosters in the city to what it defines as “at-risk” individuals above the age of 18, as the city and its surrounding regions prepare to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in less than four months.A medical worker inoculates a man with a Covid-19 vaccine at the Chaoyang Museum of Urban Planning

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... [+]AFP via Getty ImagesKey FactsBooster doses are being offered to anyone above 18 who received their first two doses of the Sinopharm, Sinovac, or Cansino vaccine at least six months ago and is part of an “at-risk” group which includes those who are participating, organizing, or working for the Olympics, the Associated Press

reported, citing Chinese state media.Others who are eligible for a booster shot include people working in retail, manufacturing, education and public facilities, theSouth China Morning Postreported.Friday’s move is an expansion of China’s judicious booster dose rollout which has officially been in place since September but heavily restricted to only certain groups.

The 2022 Winter Olympics will take place in Beijing, Yanqing and the neighboring city of Zhangjiakou, and will start on February 4.Unlike this year’s summer games in Tokyo, China plans to allow local spectators to attend the events.Big Number2.23 billion. That is the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in mainland China so far, inoculating around 80% of the country’s population,

Reuters.Key BackgroundLast week, the World Health Organization recommended that people over the age of 60 who have received China’s Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccine shouldreceive a third dosefor added protection. However, unlike some other countries which are mixing and matching vaccine types for possibly stronger efficacy, Chinese authorities have ruled that the booster dose must be the same type as the one people had received in their first two doses.

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