Macau, China, 29 Dec – The Macau government decided to offer inoculation of A/H1N1 vaccines for all its residents from January 1 next year, in an effort to combat a second wave of A/H1N1 flu, Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On announced on Monday.
Chui announced the decision after the fifth meeting of Macau’s Influenza Coordination Center, which he chairs.
According to Xinhua, Chui said the second wave of A/H1N1 flu may hit the city in January, rather than February or March, according to guidelines of the WHO and opinions of Centers for Disease Control in the US and EU countries.
Therefore, the SAR government has purchased enough doses of A/H1N1 vaccines to get all its residents inoculated.
Macau has about 540,000 including, including around 70,000 imported workers.
According to Chui, permanent residents will get free jabs, while other residents and visitors will have to pay a fee.
Meanwhile, the newly sworn-in chief executive appealed to residents to follow instructions by the Health Bureau and take preventive measures in coping with influenza, according to Xinhua.