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HKU launches public community vaccination center targeting seniors

HKU will set up a Community Vaccination Center (CVC) at Loke Yew Hall in the main building

In response to the public’s urgent demand for vaccination against COVID-19, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will launch a Community Immunization Center (CVC) at its main campus on February 23, Wednesday. Online booking will open tomorrow (February 18).

Located in the historic Loke Yew Hall, the HKU CVC will provide 2,000 doses of BioNTech vaccine per day to citizens aged 18 and over. Priority will be given to the elderly. Doctors will be on duty to inform citizens who have health problems to get vaccinated.

“We urgently need to meet the needs of vulnerable people in society, especially the elderly. Vaccination can protect them against the development of more serious diseases and mortality,” said Professor Ivan Ngai Fan Hung, Director of HKU CVC and Clinical Professor of the Department of Medicine, Li Ka Shing Medical School. “By creating the CVC on campus, we hope to foster concerted efforts to promote public health and well-being. Professor Hung hopes to raise the adult vaccination rate to at least 90%. The current vaccination rate is only about 40% for people aged 80 and over, which is far from satisfactory.

The HKU CVC will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, by a team of HKU volunteer doctors, as well as retired doctors and nurses. reservation system. Passage quotas will be set up with priority given to seniors.

“Throughout HKU’s history, our members have responded to the needs of the times. Today we have a crucial opportunity to use our expertise to serve and lead,” said Professor Xiang Zhang, President and Vice Chancellor of HKU.

For infectious disease control, a “bubble” will be set up around Loke Yew Hall to create a dedicated path for visitors to HVAC, who will not have access to the rest of campus. HKU currently requires people entering campus to be fully immunized. Those who have only taken the first dose must present a negative COVID-19 test result.

Separately, a CVC run by the LKS Faculty of Medicine is currently providing a COVID-19 vaccination service to adults at Hong Kong’s Gleneagles Hospital in Wong Chuk Hang. On February 24, this CVC will be modified to provide BioNTech jabs for children ages 5-11.

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