In the afternoon on 26 March, the Sha Tin Branch of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), together with the Sha Tin District Office and various groups in the district, jointly held a special event for students and parents to vaccinate against COVID-19 (Sinovac), with preparations for just one week. More than 200 registrations were received and more than 160 schoolchildren were eventually vaccinated. The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, JP, and the Director of the New Territories Work Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government (LOCPG), Mr Lei Gai-ji, arrived in succession to cheer for the schoolchildren and volunteers.
As of 26 March, the vaccination rate of schoolchildren aged 3 to 11 who have received their first dose of the vaccine was 59.2%. In response to the government’s appeal to increase the vaccination rate of schoolchildren, the Sha Tin Branch of the DAB, the Sha Tin Community Anti-epidemic Link, the Sha Tin District Office, the Sha Tin District Kindergarten Principals Association, the Primary Principals Association, the Secondary Principals Association and the Federation of Parent-Teacher Associations jointly organised this special vaccination session in the hope of letting more schoolchildren and their parents receive vaccine protection.
During the event, the Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, JP, arrived at the scene to talk with the vaccinated students and their parents, to learn about their thoughts on vaccination and the resumption of classes, and to support the on-site medical staff and volunteer teams.
Mr Lei Gai-ji, the Director of the New Territories Work Department (LOCPG), also learned about the vaccination programme for the students and their parents, and expressed his appreciation to the various groups that jointly organised the event. He also said that Central Government is very concerned about the epidemic situation in Hong Kong and will fully support the HKSAR Government’s anti-epidemic work. He also appealed to the parents to arrange vaccinations for their young children as soon as possible to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.
The Chairman of DAB Sha Tin Branch, CHUK Hing-toi thanked our principal Ms LAM Yuet-wah, for providing and preparing the vaccination site, and taking care of the needs of the students so that they can be vaccinated in our school, a comfortable and safe environment. He also thanked the District Officer of the Sha Tin District Office, Ms Carol Or Kar-lok, Hong Kong Delegate to the National People’s Congress and Member of the Legislative Council, Mr Brave Chan Yung, Member of the National Committee of CPPCC, Mr Thomas Pang Cheung-wai, Members of the Legislative Council, Ms Elizabeth Quat, Ms Lillian Kwok Ling-lai and Mr Stanley Li Sai-wing, and Chairman of the Sha Tin Community Anti-Coronavirus Link, Mr Tang Hoi-wing, for their active support and participation to make the event a great success, and called on everyone to continue to work together to increase the vaccination rate of schoolchildren to 90% by the end of April.