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Elders above 76 receive vaccines

The city began to vaccinate people aged 76 and above against COVID-19 from yesterday.

Over 60 senior citizens aged above 76 received their injections in Changning, a district with one of the largest elderly populations in downtown.

The Jiangsu Road Subdistrict served 55 seniors above 76, including several who were over 90. The community health service center opened green channels, sent shuttle buses and prepared wheelchairs and medicines for the elderly.

Volunteers accompany seniors who come alone, while doctors offer consultation services before the inoculation.

The center has prepared common medicines in case anyone feels uncomfortable during the jab process. The seniors also receive a sachet filled with traditional Chinese medicine.

Cao Shengjie, 90, was accompanied by her general practitioner at a vaccination site on Yuyuan Road at 12:30pm. She was one of the first seniors to have the jab in the district.

“I will share the experience with my senior friends and ask them to receive the injection as early as possible,” Cao said.

A senior couple aged 94 and 91 also got their shots at the site. The subdistrict opened a room for doctors to check their health before registering.

Tongren Hospital in Changning launched a vaccination session for seniors in the morning. Over a dozen people organized by the Xinjing Town government came for the jab.

The township government has asked family members of older people to accompany them. For seniors living alone, the town said it dispatches volunteers to pick up and take care of them.

At around 8am, 80-year-old Zhou Liangfu, a neurosurgery expert at Huashan Hospital, and his wife, 78, had their first injections at the hospital.

They received the inactivated vaccine from the Beijing Institute of Biological Products.

“I asked Dr Zhou to make reservations on hearing the news,” said Yu Eyun, Zhou’s wife.

The couple said they had been following the vaccination progress for some time.

After half an hour, they found via their phones that their inoculation information had been registered.

Local senior homes said they have informed their residents of the vaccination program.

Shanghai Yinkang Senior Care Home in Hongkou District said all its nursing workers who meet inoculation criteria have taken the vaccine and residents have been told about the vaccination program and reminded to check their own situation because certain groups are not advised to take the jab.

Residents over 76 who are healthy and not allergic to vaccines are able to make reservations by scanning a QR code obtained from their neighborhood or village committees.

For those unable to use smartphones, reservations can be made via self-help terminals at communities by swiping ID cards or social insurance cards or with the aid of volunteers.

Those who have made reservations will receive vaccinations at designated spots.

By the end of 2020, the city’s population aged 60 and above was 5.33 million, or 36.1 percent of its permanent residents, up 3 percent from 2019. Among them, 825,300 were 80 or older and 3,000 were centenarians.


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