HK: Getting the jab done
Let's face it. Hong Kong, we've got a vaccine problem.
Vaccine uptake remains sluggish, especially amongst the youth. The citizenry at large remains skeptical of the merits and need for vaccination – and, had it not been for the incredible stint pulled off by a select few property developers last week, rates would have likely remained that way for quite some time. Sinovac, Pfizer – it doesn't matter; what matters, instead, is that the Hong Kong public appears to be fundamentally opposed to getting the jab.
And why's that, you may ask?
Some (especially those in the establishment) blame the media. The media are scaremongering, or so they claim – overhyping the frequency and severity of side effects, downplaying the need and imperative of getting vaccinated, and lending far too much credibility to the fringest of fringe theories concerning what the administration is ostensibly up to with its vaccine campaigns. Media shenanigans are making life difficult for the administration, who is already fighting an uphill battle when it comes to international and domestic optics. It's the journalists, damn it. ...