The COVID-19 vaccination rate in residential homes for the elderly and people with disabilities in Hong Kong is currently only 7%. The SWD launched an outreach vaccination service in residential care homes earlier, but the response was mediocre.
In the second round of outreach services, the department removed the Fubitai vaccine. Residents who intend to receive the vaccine must go to the community vaccination center for injections on their own, while Kexing Vaccine's outreach services will continue.
The SWD did not explain the reason. Some residential care homes industry estimated that the number of people vaccinated by Fubitai was too low and the arrangement of outreach teams was not cost-effective. However, some industry believed that the SWD would ask old friends to go out for injections, traffic travel, and increased risk of infection would all be combated. The elderly want to be vaccinated with Fubitel, and the residents have to be isolated in the room for three days after going out. They are worried that the new measures will slow down the vaccination rate of the homes.
Wang Ziqiang, an associate consultant doctor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Ruttonjee Hospital, is responsible for vaccinating the elderly with Fubitai vaccine in the hospital.
(Provided by the hospital)
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The vaccination rate in residential care homes for the elderly and people with disabilities is about 7%. The government launched outreach vaccination earlier. The SWD stated that most residents are suitable for injections. As of the day before yesterday (28th), there were 1,787 residents and 317 Employees received the first dose of vaccine. Overall, more than 60% of employees and 7% of residents have received the first dose.
The second round of outreach plan is like an arrow, but the Social Welfare Department has decided to remove Fubitai vaccine. Residents who are interested in taking the vaccine will have to go to 24 community vaccination centers for injections, and Kexing Vaccine will continue to have outreach. service.
The department did not explain the reason, and only stated that the residents could consult medical staff during follow-up consultation.
Li Hui worries that the suspension of Forbitex Vaccine Outreach Service will discourage elderly people from being vaccinated.
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Residents who go out for injections and return to the home must be isolated in the room for three days
The executive committee member of the Hong Kong Association for Elders, Li Hui, estimates that the rate of vaccinations received by residents is about 70% than that of KX vaccines. However, Bitel vaccines are not "sought after". I believe that the SWD will temporarily suspend the outreach after consideration. service.
She said that the elderly in the homes may not be easy to move. Friends must consider transportation when going out for injections. After the epidemic situation, the residents must be isolated in the room for three days after returning to the home. She is worried that the outreach of Fubitel vaccine will be suspended, which will slow down the home. Speed of vaccination.
Chen Zhiyu, chairman of the Elderly Services Association, understands that the authorities believe that the number of people receiving Fubitai vaccination is too small and it is not cost-effective. For every resident to be vaccinated, the authorities must balance the allocation of many resources."
Respiratory specialist Liang Zichao believes that the new measures will help to encourage residents to get injections. Forbidden vaccine has more side effects. Once residents receive the injections, accidents happen by accident, which may make other residents fear the vaccine, and the hospitals have been injecting influenza in the past. The vaccine ratio reaches 70% to 80%. It is more convenient and faster to focus on promoting Kexing vaccine, which is also an inactivated technology.
As for residents to be quarantined after they go out for injections, Liang Zichao said that the three-day quarantine period is simply not enough. Instead of "half a bucket of water" isolation, it is better to arrange special vehicles to separate residents and the public at the vaccination center to reduce the chance of cross-infection.
The Hospital Authority has been in charge of the outreach program for the Fubital Vaccine Homes in April this year. The operation manager of the Community Elderly Assessment Team of Ruttonjee Hospital said that there are 95 residential homes for the elderly in the eastern district of Hong Kong Island with more than 4,000 residents. In the first round of the plan, 16 hospitals hoped to be injected with Fubitai vaccine. In the end, about 26 residents received injections, accounting for 0.5%, and 10 staff members received injections. More than 70 residents in hospitals for the disabled received injections.
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