Letters | Tie Covid vaccines to Hong Kong voucher scheme and nightlife
- The unvaccinated – except for the underage or those with special circumstances – should not be allowed to use any bars, restaurants or public facilities
- The government should also consider only giving shopping vouchers to vaccinated residents and setting a deadline for ending free vaccinations
I have heard all sorts of excuses for not getting vaccinated, from “I clean my hands and wear face masks, so I don’t need the vaccines” to “I am not planning to travel” or “I don’t trust the government”.
I just want to ask why Hongkongers must constantly shoot themselves in the foot. Without us being able to travel, business will not able to return to normal. There will be no tourists coming to Hong Kong and, with the retail sector and restaurants already dying, this will lead to further job losses.
For a start, this could change their mind about not getting vaccinated. It could also provide a safe space for the rest of us who have taken the vaccine, by guaranteeing these places will not cause any further spread of Covid-19 and allow these establishments to fully reopen for their normal hours of operation.
Why can’t it simply put a condition that you are only eligible for the vouchers if you take the vaccines? Also, if the government gives people a deadline to take the vaccines free of charge and then make it cost HK$1,000 (US$130) after the deadline, I bet there would be a massive rush for the vaccines.
Andrew Pang, Jardine’s Lookout
Why have helpers been left out of scheme?
Ian Wingfield, The Peak
Government’s best efforts have failed the working class
Hong Kong might have one of the lowest incidences of – and deaths per capita from – Covid-19. That is because the city is shut down and cut off from the lifeline of business that the city is founded on. It is neither sustainable nor healthy.
Cheung praises his government for having been “working at full steam since February”. Indeed, it has. The problem is that Hong Kong is a digital city declining under an analogue government.
Mark Peaker, The Peak