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Government rolls out new round of scheme to visit elderly to encourage COVID-19 vaccination
     To further encourage unvaccinated elderly to get vaccinated as soon as possible so as to reduce their risk of serious illness and death from infection, the Government will further extend the scheme, carried out previously in Wong Tai Sin, Kwun Tong and Kwai Tsing Districts, to visit elderly persons in other Districts to encourage them to receive COVID-19 vaccination.  Starting from today (November 21) until around end-December, the Government together with district groups will conduct door-to-door visits to households in public housing estates with tenants aged 70 or above who have yet to receive COVID-19 vaccination in Central and Western, Eastern, Southern, Wan Chai, Kowloon City, Sham Shui Po and Yau Tsim Mong Districts, and persuade them to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Elderly persons who are willing to receive vaccination will have arrangements made for them to receive the Home Vaccination Service or participate in vaccination events in the Districts. 
     "Receiving COVID-19 vaccination can effectively reduce the risk of serious illness and death from infection. The Government will continue to spare no effort in boosting the COVID-19 vaccination rate of the elderly. Various government departments and district groups will continue doing their best, take one step further and overcome all challenges to persuade the elderly and remind members of the public who have not received suitable doses of vaccine in a timely manner to get the suitable doses on time as soon as possible," said a Government spokesman.
     The Government appeals to members of the public for active co-operation to fight against the epidemic in solidarity with early vaccination.
     The designated website for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/programme) provides the latest information including details on vaccination venues, reservation and enquiry hotlines.
Ends/Monday, November 21, 2022
Issued at HKT 17:30
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