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Beijing starts vaccinating general public, China to reach herd immunity in Q4 2022

02/22/2021| 2:20:28 PM|

China is expected by researchers to reach herd immunity against COVID-19 by October 2022, while the United States will reach that as soon as April this year.

Beijing is rolling out its mass COVID-19 vaccination plan to the general public, with residents aged 18-59 signing up for a COVID-19 shot.

Within two hours, medical workers at a temporary vaccination site in Beijing finished giving 1,600 residents their first shots of the COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday morning.

Residents can register by scanning QR codes sent out by their communities. The community workers will then arrange the inoculation.

China has started vaccinating key groups with higher risk of infections such as medical workers, taxi drivers and cold-chain workers since last year. About 30 million doses have been administered nationwide so far.

The Chinese government has promised to provide COVID-19 vaccines free of charge. It has also said that the disbursement on COVID-19 vaccines will not affect the daily medical treatment of residents. 

China will reach herd immunity against COVID-19 by October 2022, while the United States will reach that as soon as April this year, according to an IATA report citing an Airfinity research.

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