People queue up at a community vaccination centre to receive a dose of the Sinovac Biotech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Hong Kong, China, February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong will open its COVID-19 vaccine scheme to children aged 12 and above for the first time, the government said on Thursday, as it pursues a broader campaign across the city to incentivise its 7.5 million residents to get vaccinated.

Children of that age group will be able to get Germany’s BioNTech vaccine, but residents still have to be older than 18 to receive China’s Sinovac shot.

The Chinese special administrative region started its

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