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HAD steps up vaccination and related publicity activities to facilitate COVID-19 vaccination of elderly and children
     A spokesman for the Home Affairs Department (HAD) said today (October 28) that to encourage the early vaccination of the young and the old, the HAD's 18 District Offices have stepped up COVID-19 vaccination activities in various districts since August so as to enable citizens of all ages, especially children and the elderly who are more vulnerable to serious infection, to be vaccinated as early as possible to obtain the much needed proper protection for themselves and others under the epidemic situation. 

     Since August, District Offices under the HAD, together with various units such as school liaison committees, primary school heads associations, kindergarten heads associations, district health centres, rural committees, women's groups, kaifong associations, clansman associations in various districts and Hong Kong Community Anti-Coronavirus Link have jointly held more than 90 vaccination activities at community halls and other locations in the districts to provide citizens with one more convenient and quick way for receiving vaccination. The relevant government bureaux and departments, including the HAD, in collaboration with district groups and the property management sector, have also rolled out a new round of a scheme to visit elderly persons in Wong Tai Sin, Kwun Tong and Kwai Tsing Districts to encourage them to receive COVID-19 vaccination starting from October 22. They gradually pay door-to-door visits to households at the public housing estates with elderly tenants aged 70 or above who have yet to receive COVID-19 vaccination in the districts so as to convince the elderly and remind members of the public who have not received suitable doses of vaccine in a timely manner to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

     As at October 27, more than 16 200 citizens including some 710 young children aged from 6 months to 3 years and over 2 500 elderly persons aged 70 or above had been vaccinated in these activities.

     In addition, District Offices have organised activities like talks and visits to schools and welfare and local organisations, as well as distribution of publicity pamphlets, etc, to promote vaccination among the public. Since August, 75 such activities have been conducted, reaching over 46 700 man times. 

     Increasing the vaccination rate plays an important part in anti-epidemic work. The Home Affairs Department thanked all sectors of the community for fighting against the epidemic in solidarity and providing support to vaccination activities organised by various District Offices, so that citizens can be vaccinated as early as possible and high-risk groups can obtain effective protection. The District Offices will continue to hold vaccination activities at various districts to enable citizens to receive vaccination.
Ends/Friday, October 28, 2022
Issued at HKT 20:39
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