Hong Kong Government Turns to Private Sector to Boost Vaccination Rates via Creative Incentives as Interest Wanes

Hong Kong Government Turns to Private Sector to Boost Vaccination Rates via Creative Incentives as Interest Wanes

The government in Hong Kong appears to be failing in its effort to get the vaccination message out as recently Carrie Lam, a politician serving since 2017 as the fourth and current Chief Executive of Hong Kong, finds her own government, backed by mainland China, failing to get sufficient numbers of residents here vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. While the Beijing-backed government may have an easier time in the provinces throughout the mainland, in Anglo-influenced Hong Kong, that’s turning out not to be the case. Apparently, since the anti-government protests in 2019, levels of mistrust permeate the air as the government here has hundreds of thousands of unused doses of the mRNA vaccine now made available by Pfizer-BioNTech, which will expire soon.  But that can impact the city’s business involving tourism and business travel as other major hubs in Asia record faster vaccination rates. So now the government turns to the private sector, in fact to groups such as those involved with nightclubs, which know something about promotions. As more companies get involved in a broader civil society effort, they’re even handing out cash payments, extra time off, and ...

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