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Local Covid-19 vaccine administration to be free and voluntary

Health authorities today (Monday) guaranteed that the Covid-19 vaccine will be administered in the territory on a voluntary basis and that it will be free for the local population.

“We are not going to take mandatory measures for everyone to administer the vaccine […] We are not going to force anyone to get the vaccine,” Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre Centre representatives said at the weekly pandemic update press conference.

Macau only registered 46 cases of the disease and since June 26 no case has been detected.

Macau acquired emergency vaccines, which were not approved, which are expected to arrive by the end of the year for frontline personnel, such as doctors, nurses, firefighters and police.

For the rest of the population, 1.4 million doses are expected, from various suppliers, which are expected to arrive over the first six months of 2021.

The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 1,529,324 deaths resulting from more than 66.4 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.