Recent government statistics from Hong Kong show that during the first quarter of 2023, a significant 76% of COVID-19 fatalities involved individuals who had been vaccinated, according to a report from The Epoch Times.
From Jan 1 to Mar 31, out of the 1,669 recorded deaths, 1,269 had received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
Additionally, 33 of these people had been vaccinated within two weeks before succumbing to the virus.
Hong Kong authorities lifted the vaccine requirement on Dec 29, 2022, and proceeded to remove all COVID restrictions by Jan 30, 2023.
During the month of January, a total of 1,526 COVID deaths were reported, followed by another 143 between Jan 30 and Mar 31.
A more detailed examination of the statistics shows that in January, 361 fatalities (24%) were among unvaccinated people, while 76 (5%) had received one dose, 151 (10%) had received two doses, 770 (50%) had received three doses, and 168 (11%) had received four doses.
In the period between Jan 30 and Mar 31, of the 143 COVID-19-related deaths, 39 (27%) were unvaccinated individuals, while eight (6%) had received one shot, 21 (15%) had received two shots, 59 (41%) had received three shots, and 16 (11%) had received four shots.
In April 2023, a member of the public submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Health (DOH) to obtain data on COVID-related fatalities and the vaccination status of the deceased between Jan 1 and Mar 31, 2023.
According to the government’s response, of the total reported cases, 400 (24%) were unvaccinated individuals, while 84 (5%) had received one vaccine dose, 172 (10%) had taken two doses, 829 (50%) had taken three doses, and 184 (11%) had taken four doses.
The data also disclosed that between Jan 1 and Jan 29, 33 individuals who succumbed to the virus had been vaccinated within 14 days of their passing.
Of these, seven had received one dose, five had received two doses, five had received three doses, and 16 had received four doses of the vaccine, Epoch Times notes.