All eligible care home residents jabbed: Patrick Nip - RTHK
Temperature Humidity
News Archive Can search within past 12 months

All eligible care home residents jabbed: Patrick Nip

2022-03-18 HKT 10:06
Share this story facebook
  • All eligible care home residents jabbed: Patrick Nip
The minister in charge of Hong Kong's Covid-19 vaccination drive says the authorities have met their target of giving a first dose of Covid vaccine to all eligible elderly care home residents.

Civil service chief Patrick Nip said vaccine outreach teams had visited all of the city's 1,100 residential care homes by Friday.

Speaking to RTHK's Covid Update programme on Friday morning, he said that target was met in part because in the past two weeks, the authorities increased the number of outreach vaccination teams from five to 16, and mobilised more than 700 healthcare staff to help.

"At present, our figures is that about 42,000 residents in our residential care homes have received the jabs," he said, saying this amounts to 55 percent of residents in care homes.

He added this was only the first stage of the plan.

Nip explained that because of the fifth wave of infections, about 40 percent of residential care home residents have been infected with Covid and could not receive the jabs in this stage of the outreach drive.

He said the outreach vaccination teams will visit the same care homes again over the next four weeks to administer second doses of vaccine, and also to give out first doses to residents who recently recovered from Covid.