2021-04-11 (Sunday)
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COVID-19 VACCINES OPEN FOR MORE NON-RESIDENTS

Non-local students, family members of blue-card holders, diplomatic workers and stranded foreigners who have their work permit terminated are being included in the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

They can make the appointments for getting the vaccines from Friday.

As soon as beginning from this Saturday, they can be inoculated with Sinopharm’s vaccine.

While regarding the BioNTech mRNA vaccines, they can have the shots, the earliest, from next Monday.

The government said these people need to have stayed in the Region for at least three months in the last half-year as a requirement.

LEONG IEK HOU - Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

«The individuals who stay in Macau lawfully include the family members of the non-resident workers and diplomatic workers. The people, who had their blue cards revoked but have been stranded in Macau for a period, also meet our requirements.»

The non-residents now included in the vaccination scheme are required to pay 250 patacas for each dose, while the charges for students are waived.

Following the beginning of the vaccination for these groups of individuals, the government will make adjustments to the vaccination appointment-making system.

LEONG IEK HOU - Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

«These people who are not holding special documents can still make the appointments. We will state clearly that they have to show stay permits which are issued by the immigration department of the Public Security Police when they get vaccinated. In the system, there will be clear guidelines, which are the identity documents and documents they need to show before the vaccination.»

Meanwhile, Tai Wai Hou, the coordinator of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, says as of this afternoon, 17,559 people have completed two vaccine shots.

Among them, 16,442 are vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccines and 1,117 people received the BioNTech vaccines.

In total, there were 100,000 appointments to take the vaccine and 58.600 people were inoculated.

Tai said that the local vaccination rate is around 6 per cent, which the authority considered as low but within their expectations.

The coordinator also said that the low vaccination rate might affect negotiations to launch vaccine passports with other countries and regions.

 

 

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