China has started offering free shots of COVID-19 vaccines among some key groups of individuals, and will expand the range to others as more vaccines become available. Here we've provided answers to commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines.
Q: What people are in the priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination?
A: Vaccines will be given first to priority groups with a high potential risk of infection including:
Inspection and quarantine staff handling cold-chain products
Workers loading, unloading and transporting cargo at ports
People whose work is related to transportation
Staff at border ports
Public security officers, firefighters and community workers
Workers at water, electricity, heating and gas utility companies
Those who work in logistics, elderly care, sanitation and cremation and burial industries
Those who will work or study in countries and regions with a medium- or high-risk of exposure to the virus
Q: Who should delay getting vaccinated?
A: Vaccination should be postponed for the following groups of people:
Those who are younger than 18 or older than 59
People allergic to any component of the vaccine or those with severe allergies to other vaccines
People suffering from fever, acute illness, severe chronic diseases or in the acute phase of chronic diseases
Pregnant women, lactating women or women have plan to have a child within three months of vaccination
Those with a history or family history of convulsions, epilepsy, encephalopathy or psychiatric disorders; those with uncontrolled epilepsy or other progressive neurological disorders; and those with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome
Those who have been diagnosed with a congenital or acquired immune deficiency, HIV infection, lymphoma, leukemia or other autoimmune diseases
Those suffer from or are suspected to have severe respiratory diseases, severe cardiovascular diseases, liver and kidney diseases, malignant tumors
Those who use immunomodulators such as anticancer drugs
Those who have been infected with the novel coronavirus
Those considered not suitable for vaccination according to clinicians or vaccination workers
Any other individuals specified in the manual of the vaccine