Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam urges city's residents to get Covid-19 vaccine

Whether or not residents actively get the vaccine is probably crucial to Hong Kong's battle against the epidemic.
Whether or not residents actively get the vaccine is probably crucial to Hong Kong's battle against the epidemic.PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (XINHUA) - With the Covid-19 vaccine expected to arrive in Hong Kong in the first quarter of 2021, Chief Executive Carrie Lam called on residents to actively get the vaccine.

Mrs Lam wrote on Wednesday (Dec 30) on her social media account that the government is preparing for the vaccination in a race against time.

Whether or not residents actively get the vaccine is probably crucial to Hong Kong's battle against the epidemic, she noted, vowing that the government will spare no efforts to address people's concerns about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

Mrs Lam called on residents to look at the vaccination from a scientific perspective and actively consider getting the vaccine.

Hong Kong has procured 22.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine and the first batch is expected to be shipped to Hong Kong in the first quarter of 2021. The government has said that high-risk groups will be prioritised, including medical workers and elderly people.

An expert panel established recently for the vaccination convened its first meeting on Wednesday.

Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection reported 54 additional confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, taking its total tally to 8,778.