Local vaccination rate “jumps” from 10% to one-third in two months
Macau’s Covid-19 vaccination rate has dropped from 10% to a third of the population in just two months, according to official data.
On May 5, the health authorities deplored the low vaccination rate, while a little less than 72,000 people had received a dose of the two vaccines available on the territory, Sinopharm and BioNtech, despite “a lot of publicity and promotion work. having been invested. »With nearly 700,000 inhabitants.
The latest figures now show 230,000 people vaccinated since the start of the campaign on February 9, an increase which has contributed to fears of an epidemic in neighboring Chinese province of Guangdong, but also to a campaign of one million people. dollars “of unprecedented incentives, promoted by large companies in the territory, mainly linked to the gaming industry, which have promised money, extra vacation days and raffles for those who get vaccinated.
A recent survey by the University of Macao showed that 37.7% of respondents are hesitant or negative about the covid-19 vaccine in the territory.
In the survey by researchers at the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, released on May 21, it was concluded that among those who do not intend to leave Macau, 49.5% are hesitant or negative about the subject. vaccine and “about 35% of those surveyed are concerned about the possibility of serious side effects after vaccination.”
Macau, however, continues to record a much larger supply than demand, with two-thirds of healthcare professionals having been vaccinated at the end of May, with authorities offering a convenient “online” appointment program with available schedules, with the ability to administer approximately eight thousand daily doses.
Macau has so far recorded 54 cases of covid-19, but has not recorded any deaths since the start of the pandemic. No health worker was infected and no community epidemic was detected.