Hong Kong may ban the unvaxxed from certain premises amid a fifth Covid wave, says Patrick Nip

Hong Kong may ban unvaccinated people from certain premises to lower the risk of transmission when the city is hit by a fifth Covid wave, said Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen.

Speaking at a public event today, Nip said if the city is hit by a fifth Covid wave, in order to keep premises from closing, the SAR government will be forced to implement entry restrictions for residents.

“The government will have to differentiate between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, and set up requirements for people entering certain premises in order to lower the risk of infection,” said Nip.

Meanwhile, the civil service chief said Hong Kong must seize the opportunity to boost the vaccination rate when the city is having “zero local cases”.

He also added that authorities will announce the latest arrangements for the community vaccination centers in one to two weeks.

“Currently, over 60 percent of the total eligible population in Hong Kong were vaccinated, with the number most likely reaching 70 percent at the end of this month. The arrangements at the community vaccination centers may be adjusted after that,” he said.

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