Hong Kong’s first door-to-door vaccination programme will start giving out Covid-19 jabs to 10,000 homebound elderly and disabled residents next week, but NGOs have said the scheme will only cover one-tenth of those in need of help.
Social service agencies and a lawmaker have called for the door-to-door inoculation drive to cover more homebound people to curb the surging fifth wave of Covid-19 infections.
Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, who oversees the inoculation drive, said on Sunday that there were about 50,000 elders and disabled people with mobility issues who were in need of the service.
The programme is set to be carried out by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), a group representing non-government social service agencies, along with the Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong.
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