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Early vaccination for toddlers urged

Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung urged parents to arrange COVID-19 vaccination for their children as soon as possible given that those aged from six months to three years may receive the Sinovac vaccine from today.   Mrs Yeung visited a kindergarten and child care centre in To Kwa Wan this morning to view the outreach vaccination service for pupils.   It is the first premises having children vaccinated through the outreach service after the minimum age for receiving the vaccine was lowered to six months old.   She then inspected a community vaccination centre (CVC) in Kwun Tong, where about 15 toddlers aged under three received their jab.   Meeting the media after her To Kwa Wan visit, Mrs Yeung said that 150 parents made appointments for their children aged from six months to three years to get the Sinovac jab in the first half hour after the online booking system started to accept vaccination bookings for this age group.   Parents or guardians must accompany the children to receive the vaccination at CVCs or the Hospital Authority's designated general outpatient clinics.   Five CVCs providing the Sinovac vaccine retrofitted some vaccination booths specifically for children by decorating them with cartoon stickers so as to provide a more relaxing environment for children to take their jab, Mrs Yeung noted.   She added that areas for breastfeeding and changing diapers were also set up in those CVCs for parents in need.   Moreover, maternal and child health centres under the Department of Health will provide the Sinovac vaccination service to children aged from six months to three years when they receive regular services from mid-August.   Parents can also make reservations for free Sinovac vaccination for their children through more than 1,000 private doctors or clinics participating in the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. 
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