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May 29, 2021 06:06 AM
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Get Vaccinated in Hong Kong, Win a $1.4 Million Apartment

Hong Kong residents are getting Covid-19 vaccine shots at a community center.
Hong Kong residents are getting Covid-19 vaccine shots at a community center.

(Bloomberg) ― Hong Kong developers are offering a chance to win a $1.4 million apartment to residents who have been vaccinated for Covid-19 as local authorities grapple with widespread reluctance to get inoculated.

Sino Group’s philanthropic arm Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation and Chinese Estates Holdings Ltd. are offering a new apartment in their Grand Central project in the Kwun Tong area, the companies said Friday in a statement.

Hong Kong residents who have received two vaccine doses are eligible for a drawing to win the 449 square foot (42 square meter) unit. Sino Group is the parent of Hong Kong-listed developer Sino Land Co.

Despite being one of the few places in the world to make vaccines available to all adults, only 12.6% of Hong Kong’s population of 7.5 million has been fully inoculated, according to Bloomberg’s Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker ― far behind neighboring financial hub Singapore at 28.3%.

Hong Kong’s government has been working to encourage residents to get shots by providing policy incentives like reopening bars and shortening quarantines. Still, Chief Executive Carrie Lam this week rejected a call for any cash or in-kind incentives to boost the local inoculation rate amid high demand for vaccinations around the world.

The government said it was studying options including donations of unused vaccine doses, some of which are set to expire as soon as August. Authorities said the surplus could hurt future procurement of shots.

A free apartment is bound to be attractive in Hong Kong, which has the world’s highest property prices. Private residential values climbed to a 21-month high in April, government figures show.

Parts of the U.S. have set up lotteries to entice people to get shots. New York, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky and Oregon have offered lucky draws for vaccinated residents.

Contact editor Bob Simison (bobsimison@caixin.com)

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