With the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out among high-risk groups in China, some foreigners living in the country are making plans for a dose to ensure they are not left out of the immunization plan.
Official vaccination registration for foreign residents is not available in most parts of China. But foreigners who fall in the category of priority groups in China are able to register for a dose through the organization they work for in some cities.
Given the goal of vaccinating 50 million people ahead of the 2021 Spring Festival holidays, many cities including Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen in South China’s Guangdong Province have already started mass inoculation, covering nine key groups of people including medical staff and workers in cold-chain, food, and logistics sectors.
Health authorities in most of the first-tier cities including Guangzhou, Beijing, and Shenzhen said they currently only arrange vaccination for key groups irrespective of nationality.
Further checks with international medical students having their internship in Haikou city revealed they have equally been given the opportunity for vaccination.
Most Pakistani and Indian international students have already received a dose of the vaccine but NO AFRICAN international student had availed him or herself of the vaccine at the time of filing this report even though the opportunity to be vaccinated exist at no cost.
Dr. Michael Amponsah
DNT Correspondent, China