Hongkongers who get Covid-19 vaccination could win cash prizes - or even a new flat

  • Permanent residents over the age of 18 who receive both doses of the vaccine can enter a lucky draw for a one-bedroom flat in Kwun Tong
  • There are also 20 cash prizes of HK$100,000 each, open to all HK residents and foreign domestic helpers who get the coronavirus jab

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One lucky person could win a brand-new flat in Grand Central, in Kwun Tong, if they've received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Photo: Handout

Hong Kong’s property tycoons are holding an unprecedented lottery to encourage a hesitant public to get vaccinated against Covid-19, with the grand prize a brand new flat worth HK$10.8 million.

The Sino Group, Ng Teng Charitable Foundation and Chinese Estates Holdings announced on Friday that they were sponsoring a lucky draw for a one-bedroom flat measuring 449 sq ft at the Grand Central project in Kwun Tong.

All residents aged 18 years and above who hold a Hong Kong permanent identity card and have received both doses of their Covid-19 vaccine will be eligible. Those who have already been vaccinated before Friday’s announcement will be included as well.

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The sponsors will also donate 20 prizes with a prepaid or credit card value of HK$100,000 each. The cash prize draw is open to all Hong Kong residents and foreign domestic helpers, whereas only those with permanent identity cards can enter the property competition.

Hong Kong is far below its target rate of vaccinating 70 per cent of its 7.5 million-strong population since the city rolled out its mass inoculation drive in late February. As of Thursday, the take-up rate for the first dose was 17.4 per cent, and the figure was 12.6 per cent for both doses.

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“We hope the city’s total vaccination rate can be increased,” Daryl Ng, director of the foundation, said.

“Vaccination is an important step in our fight against the pandemic, and to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our friends and colleagues.”

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