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Hong Kong Needs Six Weeks to Reach Its 90% Vaccination Goal

  • Hitting target will prompt government to assess restrictions
  • Vaccination rates are rising on outbreak, upcoming ‘bubble’
A poster advertising the vaccination program outside a community vaccination center in Hong Kong on Jan. 4.

A poster advertising the vaccination program outside a community vaccination center in Hong Kong on Jan. 4.

Photographer: Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg

It will take Hong Kong at least six weeks to vaccinate 90% of the population if the current immunization pace holds, meaning mid-March may be the earliest the city can potentially start easing restrictions.

The first-dose rate among people 12 years old and above stands at 79% and will cross 90% by March 14, according to Bloomberg News calculations based on the average speed over the past three weeks. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Thursday that’s the level at which authorities could consider easing some social distancing rules, which currently include restaurant restrictions and the closure of gyms and bars.