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By Yannie Chan | February 22nd, 2021

The government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme opens for online appointments on Tuesday and will officially begin this Friday. The beginning phases of the programme will open only to designated priority groups. Private hospitals and clinics will begin administering vaccination in early March.

Those eligible for the government’s vaccination programme include people aged 60 or above, health-care workers, residents and staff of residential care homes for the elderly and people with disabilities, essential workers, and cross-border workers. Elderly aged 70 or above can be accompanied by two carers, who can also receive the vaccination.

29 community vaccination centres (CVCs) will be set up to inoculate the public. Five of the centres — Hong Kong Central Library (Exhibition Gallery), Kowloon Bay Sports Centre, Tin Fai Road Sports Centre, Kwun Chung Sports Centre, and Yuen Wo Road Sports Centre — will administer the Sinovac vaccine, developed by Beijing-based biopharmaceutical company. The remaining centers will provide the Fosun Pharma/BioNTech vaccine, developed by Germany’s BioNTech. Click here for the complete list of vaccination centres.

As the BioNTech vaccines requires stricter storage conditions, they will only be administered at community vaccination centres. Private hospitals and clinics will be administering the Sinovac vaccine.

The Sinovac vaccines arrived in Hong Kong last week, and the five centers providing the shot will begin operations this Friday. The BioNTech vaccine is expected to arrive in early March.

Prior online bookings are required before visiting the CVCs. If you’re eligible, you can reserve a timeslot at http://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/programme.

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