又中又英——Our government is often reactive, seldom proactive

  Hong Kong's vaccination rate among seniors is picking up now that they are allowed walk-in vaccinations instead of having to register online. That should have been allowed long ago but our government is often reactive, seldom proactive. I prefer the word "senior". The word "elderly" the government uses is demeaning (humiliating). Before the walk-in vaccinations, the overall vaccination rate was ticking up, which means increasing slowly. With seniors vaccinating, the rate may surge, which means to suddenly increase. I hope that will happen. Only about 25 percent of Hong Kong people are fully vaccinated. This problem can be solved if our government is more proactive than reactive.

  The word "reactive" means to try to solve something after it has occurred instead of taking action first to prevent it. The word "proactive" means to take action to prevent a problem. The vaccination rate among seniors was very low. The government should have been proactive with a walk-in plan. It is now reactive after seniors complained they didn't know how to register online. Hong Kong's vaccination rate is low partly because the government doesn’t treat the vaccinated differently from the unvaccinated. Many Hong Kong people are either afraid of or don't trust the vaccine. The government should give benefits to the vaccinated to encourage people to get vaccinated.

  It should have given the $5,000 spending vouchers to only the vaccinated. Fully vaccinated local residents returning from low risk countries should not have to quarantine. They should only be required to do a virus test. The government should ignore advice from so-called experts like Dr Leung Chi-Chiu who is against Hong Kong opening up. He insists gradually returning to normal can be risky even though there have not been any local coronavirus infections in over a month. There is no such thing as zero risk. People crossing the road risk being hit by a car. The coronavirus will not go away. We must learn to live with it like living with the flu as England and some other countries have done.

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  香港新冠疫苗的長者接種率現在開始提升,因為當局容許他們可以即場接種,毋須上網預約登記。這其實應在很久之前已允准,但我們的政府時常只懂得做反應(reactive),鮮有前瞻性的積極進取(proactive)。我本身偏向用"senior"(長者)一字,政府所用的"elderly"(老人)是有貶損(demeaning)的意味。在容許即場接種之前,整體的疫苗接種率是ticking up,意即緩慢地增長;現在多了長者接種,接種率會surge,即激增、急劇上漲,我希望真的會這樣發展吧。現在只有大約百分之二十五的香港人已全劑量接種疫苗。要是我們的政府能較proactive而不只是reactive,這個問題應可解決。

  Reactive是指在某狀況出現後,才去解決問題,而非先採取行動避免該狀況發生;proactive則是預先採取行動,防止問題出現。長者間疫苗的接種率之前一直低迷,政府當時就應積極主動(proactive)推出即場接種計劃,現在卻只在長者投訴他們不懂上網登記後,才懂得做反應(reactive)。香港疫苗接種率這樣低,部份原因是政府對待已接種跟沒有接種的市民,並無甚麼差別。許多香港人不是恐懼就是不信任疫苗,政府好應向接種人士提供好處,以鼓勵人接種疫苗。

  政府應只向接種人士派發五千元消費券;已全劑量接種的本地居民,從低風險國家回港時,應該不用再接受隔離檢疫,他們應只需要做病毒檢測。那些所謂的專家如梁子超醫生,反對香港開關,政府應該無視其建議。即使香港超過一個月沒有任何本地確診個案,他仍堅持生活逐漸重回正軌是有風險的。現實是,根本沒有零風險這回事。人們過馬路,也有風險會被車撞吧。新冠肺炎病毒不會消失,我們必須像英格蘭和其他一些國家所做的,學習與它共存,一如與流感共存一樣。  

中譯:七刻

Michael Chugani 褚簡寧


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