10,000 casino workers expected to get vaccinated by next week

The figure is expected to reach 10,000 by next week upon conclusion of the outreach services.(Allin photo)
About 6,000 casino workers have received jabs against Covid-19 under the government’s outreach vaccination program and the figure is expected to reach 10,000 by next week upon conclusion of the outreach services, according to the local health authorities.

The outreach vaccination program for casino workers, which started in late May, has received overwhelming support from the six gaming operators. The last leg of the scheme will be at SJM’s Lisboa Hotel, to be held next week.

According to official figures, 181,797 people in Macau had got vaccinated against Covid-19 as of 15 June. The figure is still less than one third of the local population, which is far below the level needed for herd immunity.

During Tuesday’s daily press briefing, a spokesperson from the Health Bureau told reporters that although the government had earlier suggested the possibility of Covid-19 nucleic acid tests for the entire Macau population, there was no immediate timetable for the plan, noting that the government was merely trying to make the best preparations for the worst case scenario.