Shenzhen has set up 21 temporary medium to large-sized vaccination sites in the city in order to meet the surging demand made by eligible citizens for the COVID-19 vaccine, Shenzhen Economic Daily reported yesterday.
The temporary sites have been placed in spacious facilities, such as large hospitals, gymnasiums, office buildings and cultural and sports centers, where the public transportation is readily available.
In addition to the temporary sites, a total of 453 medical institutions are also currently offering all mainland Chinese citizens aged 18 to 59 vaccinations free of charge.
The city’s large-scale vaccination campaign has been warmly received by citizens, as quite a lot of citizens eligible to receive the vaccine have been seen at the vaccination sites since Friday.
A reporter with the Daily visited a temporary vaccination site on the first floor of Shuibei Jewelry Headquarters Tower, Luohu District, on Monday afternoon. Before the site was opened, jewelry businesspeople were seen going in for their vaccinations by twos and threes.
A security guard informed the reporter that hundreds of citizens had already come to receive the vaccine that morning.
Though eligible citizens are strongly recommended to get vaccinated, five groups of people are not advised to get the shots as suggested by the first official COVID-19 vaccination guidelines issued by the national health authorities Monday.
The five groups of people include: (1) persons who are allergic to the active ingredient, any nonactive ingredient or the substance used in the production of the vaccine or those persons who were allergic to the same kind of vaccines when given before; (2) persons with a history of severe allergic reaction to a vaccine; (3) patients with uncontrolled epilepsy and other serious nervous system diseases; (4) patients with fever, acute disease, uncontrolled severe chronic disease or in an acute attack of chronic disease and (5) pregnant women.
Data has shown that antibodies against COVID-19 can continue existing in the body more than six months after injection, according to the health authorities.
For the time being, the guidelines note that COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are not recommended.