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Herd immunity target well within reach in Hong Kong

07/19/2021| 12:55:38 PM|

Official says vaccination is a must to resume cross-border travel.

Some 70 percent of Hong Kong's 6.8 million population eligible for vaccination will have had at least one jab by the end of September, reaching a target that the government has set for herd immunity, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen estimates.

Nip made the estimation based on the vaccination progress so far, with around 2.8 million having received at least one vaccine dose as of Saturday, taking the city's rate to 41 percent.

And more people are rushing to book jab appointments as the deadline for the closure of inoculation centers administering BioNTech approaches, he added. At least six centers are fully booked for the next 20 days while another four are almost full.

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