Covid-19: Hong Kong to extend Sinovac jabs to children aged 5, invisible Omicron transmission chains suspected

Hong Kong will lower the age threshold for the China-made Covid-19 vaccine Sinovac from 12 to five, and pupils will be able to receive jabs at schools when they return from the Lunar New Year holidays, the city’s leader Carrie Lam announced on Tuesday.

Sinovac vaccines. Photo: Alexander Zhadan, via Flickr.

At her weekly meeting with the press, the chief executive said that because Sinovac had already been approved for children as young as three by an expert advisory panel, “from a policy perspective, we will expand the vaccination scope to children between five and 11 years old. They will be receiving the Sinovac jab.”

Lam said the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) had previously decided with two expert panels to prioritise vaccinations for 12 to 17 year olds. As for the newly announced threshold, she said “details will be passed to the CHP and scientific committee for further discussion.”


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