Mar 26, 2021 07:47 PM

Beijing Rolls Out Vaccination Program for Foreign Residents

What’s new: Beijing has started providing Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccinations to foreign residents, according to a government announcement.

According to a statement released Friday, foreigners aged 18 and above in the Chinese capital will be eligible to receive two-dose vaccinations, which will be free for those enrolled in the city’s medical insurance system. For others, the vaccines will cost 93.5 yuan ($14.3) per dose.

To receive the vaccinations, foreign nationals working in Beijing should make an appointment through their employer, while foreign teachers and students in colleges and universities should go through their institutions. Other foreign residents may make an appointment with their residential community office, according to the statement.

Foreign nationals may then get the vaccine at a nearby venue as directed by the district-level authorities, it said.

The background: Beijing's announcement follows a similar vaccination program for foreign residents in Shanghai announced on Monday, where foreign nationals will be able to apply for vaccination starting on March 29. China had administered nearly 75 million doses of coronavirus vaccines by the end of Saturday.

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