Hong Kong vaccine increase sees majority pick Sinovac over BioNTech

According to preliminary findings, three doses of the BioNTech vaccine are required for successful resistance against Omicron, but three doses of Sinovac's shot are inadequate

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More Hong Kong residents are undergoing their first COVID-19 vaccinations, although the vast majority are obtaining a Chinese vaccine that has been confirmed to be ineffective against the newly discovered Omicron variant in research.

As the highly-transmissible variant began circulating in the neighbourhood and a potential increase in the vaccine mandate prompted many residents to fear losing access to eateries and recreational facilities, the city provided approximately 18,000 first doses on Tuesday (Jan 4), the most in four months.

The increased desire implies that Hong Kong is moving in the right direction against vaccination apprehension, which is especially prevalent among the elderly, with only 22% of those over the age of 80 having gotten their first shot.

The latest spike in vaccinations coincided with city officials announcement that, from February 24, people must have received at least one vaccination dose before entering eateries and recreational facilities.

Sixty-one percent of those who had never been vaccinated ended up choosing a Sinovac Biotech Ltd shot, which has been proven to be less effective against the Omicron strain.

The increase in first dosages was stronger than the 16,400 booster shots administered in Hong Kong. The rest got an injection from BioNTech SE that targeted the virus’s genetic makeup by using new mRNA technology.

According to preliminary findings, three doses of the BioNTech vaccine are required for successful resistance against Omicron, but three doses of Sinovac’s shot are inadequate.

Notwithstanding this, individuals who want to prevent the potential adverse effects of a strong mRNA shot frequently opt for the Sinovac vaccination.

As proof of Omicron’s spread in the population emerges, the vaccination rate has increased. At the end of December, the city attempted to restrict an Omicron cluster linked to a crowded restaurant.

On Monday, officials confirmed the first preliminary positive COVID-19 case from an unidentified person in three months.

The patient, an unvaccinated individual who works in the extremely crowded North Point region of the city, is suspected to have the Omicron form, according to the health authorities.

According to a government announcement published on Tuesday, whole genome testing is still needed to examine if this is the case.

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