MIL-OSI Asia-Pac: Health talk promotes vaccination

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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today attended a health talk for relatives of residential care homes for the elderly residents to promote COVID-19 vaccination.

Jointly organised by the Civil Service Bureau, the Social Welfare Department and the Department of Health, the health talk was held in Lai Chi Kok and was the first specifically held for family members of residential care home residents. About 170 people took part.

During the talk, several volunteer doctors briefed the participants on COVID-19 vaccine information and provided them with a one-on-one consultation service afterwards.

Arrangements were also made for some participants to visit a nearby community vaccination centre to get the jab.

Mr Nip said with the appearance of the highly transmissible mutant strain, keeping up the anti-epidemic efforts at residential care homes is of utmost importance.

He noted that less than 10% of care home residents have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. To encourage them to get vaccinated, their family’s support and encouragement is important.

Mr Nip also pointed out that seniors are the group that should get vaccinated immediately in view of the comparatively higher risk for infected elderly to fall seriously ill and die.

He called on families to encourage their elderly relatives to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The civil service chief thanked the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, as well as the residential care homes under Po Leung Kuk and in Sham Shui Po for assisting in inviting the residents’ relatives to attend the talk.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News