A city in China’s Zhejiang province will offer experimental coronavirus vaccines to its residents, as China expands its emergency use program to people from non-priority groups.
Residents between the ages of 18 and 59 in Shaoxing City, who are not among the priority groups, can apply for vaccination online, the city’s health commission said on its WeChat account on Tuesday. He did not name the vaccine, nor when the inoculation would start or how many doses would be offered.
Hundreds of thousands of people have already taken experimental COVID-19 vaccines in China since launching its emergency use program in July for essential workers and other limited groups of people at higher risk infection. The use of gunshots still under investigation has raised security concerns among experts. [nL4N2G743G]
Last week, Zhejiang became the first Chinese province to offer voluntary inoculation to non-priority residents through the emergency use program, without specifying how many people will be vaccinated.
Residents of Shaoxing who choose to be vaccinated will have to give reasons for wanting the vaccine on their applications and will be charged 400 yuan ($ 60) for two doses, with an additional inoculation fee of 28 yuan per dose, the said. city.
It was not immediately clear whether the city will select the candidates based on these reasons or whether the costs could be subsidized. The Shaoxing health commission did not respond to requests for comment.