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The Home Affairs Department has handed over anti-epidemic service packs and COVID-19 rapid test kits to the CHEER Centre for their onward distribution to the ethnic minorities.  Let us be united and fight the virus.

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Fact Sheet

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

1.        Government to offer more channels to facilitate COVID-19 vaccination of elderly and children

Starting from August 15, the Community Vaccination Centre (CVC) at MTR Tsing Yi Station and the Children Community Vaccination Centre (CCVC) at Hong Kong Children’s Hospital would concurrently provide vaccination service with the Sinovac and BioNTech vaccines. Members of the public can make online reservations via the designated website of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme from 9am August 12.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/11/P2022081100285.htm

2.        Enhancing efficiency of Home Vaccination Service for COVID-19 vaccination of elderly

To further enhance service efficiency for achieving the objective of administering the appropriate number of COVID-19 vaccine doses for elderly persons, the Government commissions 13 medical organisations to continue to provide a door-to-door vaccination service for elderly persons and people with special needs who have registered for the Home Vaccination Service across Hong Kong starting from August 15.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/12/P2022081200189.htm

3.        Government announces adjustments to quarantine arrangements for inbound persons

After reviewing the latest data, the Government announced enhanced isolation and quarantine arrangements for inbound persons. The testing arrangements are correspondingly adjusted.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/08/P2022080800803.htm

4.        Government announces enhanced Vaccine Pass function

The Government announced the addition of the Red Code and Amber Code into the Vaccine Pass to differentiate persons with higher risk of infection. Starting from August 9, confirmed cases are categorised as persons with a Red Code, and inbound persons from overseas places or Taiwan are categorised as persons with an Amber Code. Their Vaccine Pass QR codes will be displayed in red or amber accordingly. Persons-in-charge of premises should deny entry of relevant persons to relevant premises in accordance with relevant rules.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/08/P2022080800771.htm

5.        Implementation arrangement of Red and Amber Codes

The Government reminded persons-in-charge or managers of premises who are required to use the QR Code Verification Scanner that they must have their scanners updated to version 4.4.0 or above and connected to the Internet. This is to ensure that checking of the Vaccine Pass of customers or visitors can be performed accurately to comply with the Government’s newly introduced Red and Amber Codes arrangement.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/13/P2022081300589.htm

6.        Government extends social distancing measures

The Government announced the gazettal of the extension of social distancing measures in accordance with the public health emergency regulations under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance. The measures are effective from August 11 to August 24.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/09/P2022080900736.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

Department of Health

16 August 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

1.        COVID-19 vaccination arrangements for children aged six months or above and for persons aged from 50 to 59 receiving fourth doseChildren aged from six months to three years may receive the Sinovac CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine starting from August 4. In addition, persons aged from 50 to 59 who have received three doses of the Sinovac or BioNTech vaccine may also receive the fourth vaccine dose at least three months after their last dose, starting from August 4.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/02/P2022080200699.htm2.        Minimum age for receiving CoronaVac vaccine lowered to 6 monthsThe Government announced that having regard to experts’ advice, the Secretary for Health has approved the lowering of the minimum age for receiving the CoronaVac vaccine from 3 years to 6 months old for “off-label use”. Based on related clinical trials and studies of vaccination for local adolescents, the experts considered that three doses of CoronaVac vaccine (each dose of the same dosage as that for older children and adults) can be used for children aged 6 months to less than 3 years, following the same schedule of vaccination for older children. The Government already has the relevant vaccines in stock, and the vaccination arrangements will be announced.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/02/P2022080200540.htm3.        Scientific Committees under CHP update consensus interim recommendations on use of COVID-19 vaccinesThe Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases and the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (JSC) under the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health, joined by the Chief Executive’s expert advisory panel (EAP), convened an online meeting to discuss and issue the consensus interim recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines for children down to six months of age in Hong Kong.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/01/P2022080100675.htm4.        Adjusting operating hours of self-paid designated quarantine hotel taxisThe operating hours of self-paid designated quarantine hotel (DQH) taxis is advanced to start from 7am daily to 2am the next day from August 4, a Government spokesman said.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/03/P2022080300456.htm5.        74th round of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homesThe Government announced the details of the 74th round of compulsory testing for staff members of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) and nursing homes.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/29/P2022072800577.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines:www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health
5 August 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

1.        Government extends existing social distancing measuresThe Government announced the gazettal of the extension of social distancing measures in accordance with the public health emergency regulations under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance. The measures are effective from July 28 to August 10.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/26/P2022072600717.htm2.        Government trials upgraded electronic health declaration system to enhance arrival quarantine proceduresThe Government announced the implementation of an upgraded electronic health declaration system on a trial basis starting from 0.00am on July 28 (Hong Kong Time), requiring inbound persons to complete the online electronic health declaration of the Department of Health (DH) and obtain a QR code before boarding their flights to Hong Kong. The launch of the upgraded electronic health declaration system will facilitate the Government’s progressive enhancements to the electronic checking and processing of arrival quarantine procedures, thereby streamlining the process and reducing the time required for inbound persons to stay at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/24/P2022072400400.htm3.        Number of eighth-cycle designated quarantine hotels reaches 68The Government announced that one more hotel was engaged to join the eighth cycle of the Designated Quarantine Hotel (DQH) Scheme, bringing the number of hotels up to 68 to provide some 26 200 rooms in total.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/26/P2022072600689.htm4.        More point-to-point transport services to convey inbound persons from airport to designated quarantine hotelsWith an increasing number of people arriving at Hong Kong from overseas, the demand for point-to-point transport services from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to designated quarantine hotels (DQHs) keeps rising. The Government has enhanced the existing free point-to-point transport services for inbound persons, and also introduced new options of self-paid transport services, with a view to shortening the journey time from HKIA to DQHs, a Government spokesman said.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/25/P2022072500146.htm5.        DH launches trial run of supplementary platform “Electronic COVID-19 Medical Surveillance System”The Department of Health (DH) said to further facilitate the self-monitoring of inbound travellers undergoing quarantine at designated quarantine hotels (DQHs), the DH has developed a supplementary platform, “Electronic COVID-19 Medical Surveillance System” (eCMSS), for a trial run. Under the trial run, those who stay at DQHs can, acting on their own will, choose to register their rapid antigen test (RAT) results and personal health status through the system.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/27/P2022072700495.htm6.        Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination recordsThe Government announced that it has concluded discussions with the Government of Cameroon to accept vaccination records issued by Cameroon as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on July 27.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/25/P2022072500502.htm7.        Government appeals to residential care homes and healthcare sector to support new measures to expedite vaccinationThe Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Chris Sun, and the Secretary for Health, Professor Lo Chung-mau, jointly hosted an online briefing and appealed to residential care homes (RCHs) and healthcare organisations for their support for new measures on outreach vaccination, so as to further boost the COVID-19 vaccination rate and better protect residents of RCHs for the elderly and persons with disabilities.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/22/P2022072200672.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines:www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health
29 July 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

1.        Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination recordsThe Government announced that it has concluded discussions with the Governments of Bhutan and Marshall Islands to accept vaccination records issued by Bhutan and Marshall Islands as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on July 20.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/18/P2022071800476.htm2.        Persons completed home isolation may cut and dispose of electronic wristbandsA Government spokesman reminded that persons infected with COVID-19 may cut and dispose of the electronic wristbands and uninstall the “StayHomeSafe” mobile app upon completion of the home isolation requirement.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/21/P2022072100785.htm3.        CHP adjusts management of cases involving new Omicron sub-lineagesThe CHP has all along been closely monitoring local cases involving the new sub-lineages and their epidemiological characteristics. After reviewing the local cases suspected of involving the new Omicron sub-lineages, including BA.2.12.1, BA.4 and BA.5, the CHP found their characteristics, including severity and hospitalisation rate, similar to those involving BA.2 which is the widely circulating local strain since the fifth wave. The CHP adjusts the management of those cases according to the latest risk assessment. The isolation and quarantine arrangements of local cases suspected of involving the new Omicron sub-lineages will be the same as that of cases involving BA.2, i.e., if the relevant requirements are fulfilled and their household environment is suitable, positive cases and their close contacts could opt for home isolation and quarantine.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/20/P2022072000663.htm4.        72nd round of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homesThe Government announced the details of the 72nd round of compulsory testing for staff members of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) and nursing homes.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/20/P2022072000236.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines:www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health
25 July 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

1.        Government extends existing social distancing measuresThe Government announced the gazettal of the extension of existing social distancing measures in accordance with the public health emergency regulations under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance, which would be effective from July 14 to 27.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/12/P2022071200565.htm2.        Government announces enhancements on COVID-19 positive cases managementThe Government announced enhancements on the management of cases tested positive for COVID-19. With regard to control points, outbound travellers travelling to the Mainland or Macao via the Shenzhen Bay Port, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port, or the Hong Kong International Airport, whose special nucleic acid test results are positive, would be issued with isolation orders immediately and sent to a community isolation facility (CIF).For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/14/P2022071400613.htm3.        Online booking for departure special nucleic acid testing service at Shenzhen Bay Control Point is availableThe Government announced that, starting from July 15, outbound travellers crossing the boundary via the Shenzhen Bay Port are required to present proof of booking confirmation for undergoing the special nucleic acid test. The Government launched an online booking system for the special nucleic acid test service at the Shenzhen Bay Port at 0.00am July 14, so as to facilitate planning of journeys by travellers choosing to cross the boundary through the control point.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/13/P2022071300271.htm4.        Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination recordsThe Government announced that it has concluded discussions with the Government of Barbados to accept vaccination records issued by Barbados as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on July 13.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/11/P2022071100619.htm5.        Intravenous injection should only be performed by healthcare professionalsThe Department of Health (DH) is investigating a suspected case of sepsis after receiving intravenous injection of glutathione. Members of the public are reminded that intravenous injection should only be performed by healthcare professionals.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/07/P2022070700696.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines:www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health
15 July 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

1.        Mobile phone number during anti-epidemic periodWhen you are staying in Hong Kong during the anti-epidemic period, you must have a valid mobile phone number to receive local SMS / phone calls; otherwise, important messages regarding COVID-19 testing results, quarantine, isolation and COVID-19 vaccination cannot reach you.These messages are very important for you to comply with relevant regulations and protect yourself. This phone number is also very useful for contact tracing purposes when positive cases are identified.For details, refer to: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=4081102013616312.        Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination recordsThe Government announced that it accepts the vaccination records issued by Kosovo, Madagascar and Tanzania as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on July 6.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/04/P2022070400565.htm3.        Government implements measures with immediate effect to curb scalping of designated quarantine hotels guest roomsThe Government announced the immediate implementation of measures to curb scalping of guest rooms of designated quarantine hotels (DQHs) and the inclusion of three more DQH hotels under the eighth cycle of the DQH Scheme to increase the room supply.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/24/P2022062400859.htm4.        HAD “StayHomeSafe” telephone hotline new service arrangementThe Home Affairs Department announced that starting from June 30, there are a new service arrangement for the “StayHomeSafe” telephone hotline (1833 019). The service hours are adjusted from 24 hours to 7am to 11pm daily. A new voicemail function is added to the hotline so that callers who leave their messages after service hours will have their calls followed up by hotline staff in the morning on the following day.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/29/P2022062900327.htm5.        70th and 71st rounds of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homesThe Government announced the details of the 70th and 71st rounds of compulsory testing for staff members of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) and nursing homes.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/01/P2022063000395.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines:www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health

6 July 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)and vaccines

1.        Scientific Committees under CHP issue consensus interim recommendations on use of COVID-19 vaccine and monkeypox vaccine in Hong Kong

The Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases and the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (JSC) under the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health convened an online meeting to discuss the use of the Comirnaty vaccine and monkeypox vaccine in Hong Kong. The consensus interim recommendations have been published on June 17.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/17/P2022061700456.htm

2.        Extension of time interval for receiving first two doses of BioNTech vaccine for persons aged 18 to 59

In response to the latest advice from experts, the Government called on people aged 18 to 59 to pay attention to the extension of the time interval between the first and the second doses of the BioNTech vaccine from three weeks to eight weeks. Starting from 9am on June 22, relevant persons can select an appointment time slot which is eight weeks after they have received their first dose of the BioNTech vaccine at the booking system of the designated website for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

For details, refer to:https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/17/P2022061700783.htm

3.        Government steps up COVID-19 testing for employees and continues targeted social distancing and infection control measures

In view of the developments of the epidemic situation, a Government spokesman said that government bureaux and departments (B/Ds) will step up the use of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests (RATs) for government employees with a view to cutting the hidden transmission chains as early as possible by increasing the coverage of staff and the frequency of testing.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/17/P2022061700481.htm

4.        68th and 69th rounds of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homes

The Government announced the details of the 68th and 69th rounds of compulsory testing for staff members of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) and nursing homes.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/17/P2022061600274.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

Department of Health

24 June 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), vaccines and monkeypox

1.        Government suitably adjusts social distancing measuresThe Government announced the gazettal in accordance with the public health emergency regulations under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance, which will largely extend the existing social distancing measures but require patrons of bars/pubs and clubs/nightclubs to present proof of a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) result obtained within 24 hours before entering the relevant premises. The measures will be effective from June 16 to June 29.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/14/P2022061400765.htm

2.        Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records

The Government announced that it has concluded discussions with the governments of Bahrain, the Dominican Republic, Egypt and Mauritius to accept vaccination records issued by these places as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on June 15.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/13/P2022061300397.htm

3.        Government announces list of eighth-cycle designated quarantine hotels

The Government announced the list of the first batch of designated quarantine hotels (DQHs) for the eighth cycle of the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme. The new cycle of the Scheme will run from August 1 to October 31, 2022.  The first batch of 62 hotels will provide about 23 000 rooms.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/16/P2022061600697.htm

4.        67th round of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homes to commence shortly

The Government announced that the 67th round of compulsory testing for staff members of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) and nursing homes will commence shortly.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/10/P2022060900219.htm

5.        Government gazettes inclusion of monkeypox as statutorily notifiable infectious disease under Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance and launches Preparedness and Response Plan for Monkeypox

The Government published the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 1) Notice 2022 and the Prevention and Control of Disease (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulation 2022 in the Gazette to include monkeypox as a scheduled infectious disease under Schedule 1 to the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance (Cap. 599) and to specify monkeypox as a “specified disease” under the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A) (the Regulation). The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) also launched the Preparedness and Response Plan for Monkeypox (the Plan), which sets out the relevant plan and actions when monkeypox may have a significant public health impact on Hong Kong.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/10/P2022061000468.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

Department of Health

20 June 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), vaccines and monkeypox

1.        Government suitably adjusts social distancing measures

The Government announced the gazettal in accordance with the public health emergency regulations under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance, which will largely extend the existing social distancing measures but require patrons of bars/pubs and clubs/nightclubs to present proof of a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) result obtained within 24 hours before entering the relevant premises. The measures will be effective from June 16 to June 29.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/14/P2022061400765.htm

2.        Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records

The Government announced that it has concluded discussions with the governments of Bahrain, the Dominican Republic, Egypt and Mauritius to accept vaccination records issued by these places as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on June 15.

For details, refer to:https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/13/P2022061300397.htm

3.        Government announces list of eighth-cycle designated quarantine hotels

The Government announced the list of the first batch of designated quarantine hotels (DQHs) for the eighth cycle of the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme. The new cycle of the Scheme will run from August 1 to October 31, 2022.  The first batch of 62 hotels will provide about 23 000 rooms.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/16/P2022061600697.htm

4.        67th round of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homes to commence shortly

The Government announced that the 67th round of compulsory testing for staff members of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) and nursing homes will commence shortly.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/10/P2022060900219.htm

5.        Government gazettes inclusion of monkeypox as statutorily notifiable infectious disease under Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance and launches Preparedness and Response Plan for Monkeypox

The Government published the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 1) Notice 2022 and the Prevention and Control of Disease (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulation 2022 in the Gazette to include monkeypox as a scheduled infectious disease under Schedule 1 to the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance (Cap. 599) and to specify monkeypox as a “specified disease” under the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A) (the Regulation). The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) also launched the Preparedness and Response Plan for Monkeypox (the Plan), which sets out the relevant plan and actions when monkeypox may have a significant public health impact on Hong Kong.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/10/P2022061000468.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

Department of Health

18 June 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)and vaccines

1.        Government urges citizens to continue taking anti-epidemic measures vigilantly

The Government strongly urged citizens to stay on guard and continue taking anti-epidemic measures vigilantly. While the fifth wave of the epidemic has been substantially contained with daily new cases drastically decreased from tens of thousands during the peak in early March to several hundreds in recent days, a Government spokesman reminded citizens not to overlook the risk of epidemic rebound following the gradual resumption of social and economic activities.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/05/P2022060500262.htm

2.        Home Vaccination Call Centre to receive enquiries from Monday to Friday

The Government appeals to elderly persons aged 70 or above or persons with impaired mobility due to illness or physical disability who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine before to seize the opportunity to register for the free door-to-door vaccination service via the Home Vaccination Service website (www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/hv/) or the enquiry hotline (Tel: 5688 5234) as soon as possible. Starting from June 13, the Home Vaccination Call Centre will operate from 9am to 8pm from Monday to Friday.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/29/P2022052900331.htm

3.        Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records

The Government announced that it has concluded discussions with the Government of Saudi Arabia to accept vaccination records issued by Saudi Arabia as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on June 8.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/06/P2022060600632.htm

4.        Government explains isolation and quarantine arrangement for COVID-19 cases and close contacts involving sub-lineages of Omicron mutant strain

In response to media enquiries, a Government spokesman said that Hong Kong has all along been implementing a five-tier arrangement for isolation of local cases tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and where appropriate quarantine of their close contacts at home or designated facilities since the fifth wave epidemic that started in end 2021. The objective is to reduce disease transmission, death and severe infection in local community. There has been no change to the quarantine and isolation arrangements for local cases since the peak of the fifth wave.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/01/P2022060100846.htm

5.        Declaring false COVID-19 testing records will be prosecuted

The Government has noticed that, among the recent cases reported through the “Declaration System for individuals tested positive for COVID-19 using Rapid Antigen Test”, the proportion of negative results detected upon nucleic acid test is significantly higher than the general false-negative rate of rapid antigen tests and as compared with past trends. After investigation, the Government suspected that individual members of the public may have reported dated or false information in order to receive the recovery record QR code for meeting the Vaccine Pass requirement. The relevant cases have been referred to the Police for follow-up. A Government spokesman stressed that the act is an offence in law and an irresponsible action that would have major impact on the fight against the epidemic. The Government will deal with these cases in a serious manner.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/02/P2022060200714.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

Department of Health

13 June 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

1.        Government urges citizens to continue taking anti-epidemic measures vigilantly

The Government strongly urged citizens to stay on guard and continue taking anti-epidemic measures vigilantly. While the fifth wave of the epidemic has been substantially contained with daily new cases drastically decreased from tens of thousands during the peak in early March to several hundreds in recent days, a Government spokesman reminded citizens not to overlook the risk of epidemic rebound following the gradual resumption of social and economic activities.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/05/P2022060500262.htm

2.        Home Vaccination Call Centre to receive enquiries from Monday to Friday

The Government appeals to elderly persons aged 70 or above or persons with impaired mobility due to illness or physical disability who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine before to seize the opportunity to register for the free door-to-door vaccination service via the Home Vaccination Service website (www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/hv/) or the enquiry hotline (Tel: 5688 5234) as soon as possible. Starting from June 13, the Home Vaccination Call Centre will operate from 9am to 8pm from Monday to Friday.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/29/P2022052900331.htm

3.        Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records

The Government announced that it has concluded discussions with the Government of Saudi Arabia to accept vaccination records issued by Saudi Arabia as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on June 8.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/06/P2022060600632.htm

4.        Government explains isolation and quarantine arrangement for COVID-19 cases and close contacts involving sub-lineages of Omicron mutant strain

In response to media enquiries, a Government spokesman said that Hong Kong has all along been implementing a five-tier arrangement for isolation of local cases tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and where appropriate quarantine of their close contacts at home or designated facilities since the fifth wave epidemic that started in end 2021. The objective is to reduce disease transmission, death and severe infection in local community. There has been no change to the quarantine and isolation arrangements for local cases since the peak of the fifth wave.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/01/P2022060100846.htm

5.        Declaring false COVID-19 testing records will be prosecuted

The Government has noticed that, among the recent cases reported through the “Declaration System for individuals tested positive for COVID-19 using Rapid Antigen Test”, the proportion of negative results detected upon nucleic acid test is significantly higher than the general false-negative rate of rapid antigen tests and as compared with past trends. After investigation, the Government suspected that individual members of the public may have reported dated or false information in order to receive the recovery record QR code for meeting the Vaccine Pass requirement. The relevant cases have been referred to the Police for follow-up. A Government spokesman stressed that the act is an offence in law and an irresponsible action that would have major impact on the fight against the epidemic. The Government will deal with these cases in a serious manner.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/02/P2022060200714.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

Department of Health

10 June 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

1.        Government extends existing social distancing measures

The Government announced the gazettal of the extension of the existing social distancing measures in accordance with the public health emergency regulations under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance, which are to be effective from June 2 to June 15.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/31/P2022053100802.htm

2.        Government fine-tunes testing arrangements for persons entering Hong Kong and updates penalty under flight suspension mechanism

The Government announced, on the premise of maintaining the overall framework of stringent inbound prevention and control measures to guard against the importation of cases, the fine-tuned pre-departure and post-arrival nucleic acid testing arrangements applicable to persons boarding for Hong Kong from overseas places and Taiwan, and the updated penalty to be incurred by airlines for neglecting to verify the required documentation of persons boarding flights for Hong Kong and triggering the route-specific flight suspension mechanism. These take effect from 0.00am on June 1 (Hong Kong time). The adjustments are made so as to reduce the impact on the journeys of persons coming to Hong Kong while continuing to firmly guard against the importation of cases.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/29/P2022052900331.htm

3.        Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records

The Government announced that it has concluded discussions with the Government of Vanuatu to accept vaccination records issued by Vanuatu as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on June 1 (Wednesday).

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/30/P2022053000401.htm

4.        21 Community Vaccination Centres open from 10am today

Twenty-one Community Vaccination Centres (CVCs) are providing COVID-19 vaccination service to members of the public today (June 1). The opening hours of the CVCs are from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Friday, and between 8am and 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays. They are closed daily between 1.30pm and 2.30pm for cleaning.

The CVCs at Hong Kong Central Library, Kowloon Bay Sports Centre, Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre and Tsuen Wan Sports Centre were closed after finishing their service to the public last night (May 31) in accordance with the arrangement as announced earlier.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/01/P2022060100001.htm

5.        DH’s Elderly Health Centres continue to provide COVID-19 vaccination service

The Department of Health (DH) announced that its 11 Elderly Health Centres (EHCs) will continue to provide COVID-19 vaccination walk-in service with the CoronaVac vaccine for all persons aged 65 or above, to encourage and assist the elderly to receive COVID-19 vaccination.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/31/P2022053100628.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

Department of Health

6 June 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

1.        Government reminds members of public commencement of Vaccine Pass third stage next Tuesday

The third stage of the Vaccine Pass will commence next Tuesday (May 31). The Government reminds members of the public who are not yet compliant with the requirement of the third stage of the Vaccine Pass to receive the respective dosage of vaccine before May 31. At the same time, other members of the public who are eligible to receive the third dose should receive the third dose as soon as possible in order to strengthen protection early. There is no need for them to wait until the six-month grace period under the Vaccine Pass expired.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/26/P2022052600697.htm

2.        Government to implement Vaccine Pass arrangement in designated healthcare premises

To strengthen the immunity barrier for hospitals and public healthcare facilities against COVID-19, protect members of the public who utilise public healthcare services, especially senior citizens and chronic patients who face a higher risk of serious illness and death after COVID-19 infection, and further encourage members of the public to receive COVID-19 vaccination, the Government announced that starting from June 13, the Vaccine Pass arrangement will be implemented in designated healthcare premises under the Food and Health Bureau, the Department of Health (DH) and the Hospital Authority (HA) through administrative methods. Persons who are unvaccinated will be allowed to visit applicable healthcare premises under the Vaccine Pass and receive general medical services after obtaining the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test. The Vaccine Pass arrangement will not be applicable to healthcare premises providing emergency or urgent medical services.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/21/P2022052100421.htm

3.        Scientific Committees under CHP update consensus interim recommendations on use of COVID-19 vaccines in Hong Kong

The Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases and the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (JSC) under the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health convened an online meeting, joined by the Chief Executive’s expert advisory panel (EAP) on May 19, to discuss the use of a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine in adults aged 18 to 59 years in Hong Kong. The updated consensus interim recommendations have been published on May 20.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/20/P2022052000284.htm

4.        Persons aged 18 to 59 may choose to receive fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The Government announced that uninfected individuals aged 18 to 59 who are at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure or with personal needs may choose to receive a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine from now on, no matter they have received the BioNTech or the Sinovac vaccine for their previous doses.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/21/P2022052000831.htm

5.        Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records

The Government announced that it has concluded discussions with the Government of Namibia to accept vaccination records issued by Namibia as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on May 25.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/23/P2022052300674.htm

6.        Two more designated quarantine hotels enlisted

The Government announced the addition of two more designated quarantine hotels (DQHs). These two hotels will start accepting room bookings from late May onwards and commence service from early June. They are expected to provide about 600 additional rooms.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/25/P2022052500678.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

Department of Health

30 May 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

1.        Government appeals to members of public to receive COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with Vaccine Pass requirements

The Government reminded members of the public that the third stage of the Vaccine Pass will commence on May 31. By then all members of the public aged 12 or above, except those who obtained the COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificate, are required to receive COVID-19 vaccination according to the following requirements in order to comply with the requirement under the Vaccine Pass.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/17/P2022051700304.htm

2.        Education Bureau announces latest anti-epidemic measures for schools

In view of the latest developments of the epidemic and the recent further relaxation of social distancing measures by the Government, the Education Bureau (EDB) announced the updated arrangements of anti-epidemic measures in schools, including the relaxation arrangements for school activities.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/19/P2022051900672.htm

3.        Government announces relaunch of online platform for declaration of non-local vaccination records

The Government announced that the online platform for declaration of non-local vaccination records (www.chp.gov.hk/vac-df/) would be relaunched on May 20. The online platform provides an additional channel for declaring non-local vaccination records apart from boundary control points and designated post offices.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/19/P2022051900602.htm

4.        Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records

The Government announced that it would accept the vaccination records issued by Ecuador, Kenya, Seychelles and Venezuela as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on May 18. The Government also reminds persons travelling to Hong Kong that the COVID-19 testing certificates under the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) mechanism can serve as a documentary proof for pre-boarding nucleic acid tests.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/16/P2022051600524.htm

5.        Six more designated quarantine hotels enlisted

The Government announced the addition of six designated quarantine hotels (DQHs). These six hotels will start accepting room bookings from this week and commence service from late May onwards. They are expected to provide about 2 000 additional rooms.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/17/P2022051700480.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

23 May 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

1.        Hong Kong’s third-dose vaccination rate reaches 50 per cent

The Government appeals to eligible persons for receiving the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible to enhance protection and to prepare for the implementation of stage three Vaccine Pass at the end of this month. As of May 12, about 3.38 million people had received their third COVID-19 vaccine dose, accounting for 50 per cent of the population aged 12 or above.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/12/P2022051200818.htm

2.        Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records

The Government announced that it has concluded discussions with the Government of Kyrgyzstan to accept vaccination records issued by Kyrgyzstan as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places under the mechanism. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on May 11.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/09/P2022050900274.htm

3.        Government announces additional rapid antigen test to “test-and-hold” arrangements at airport

The Government announced that with effect from May 9, an additional rapid antigen test (RAT) will be conducted during the “test-and-hold” at the airport to strengthen the testing arrangements for inbound persons for earlier detection and isolation of infected persons, and to enhance the process of closed-loop management from the airport to designated quarantine hotels (DQHs) so as to shorten the waiting time for inbound persons at the airport.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/06/P2022050600679.htm

4.        62nd and 63rd rounds of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homes

The Government announced the details of the 62nd and 63rd rounds of compulsory testing for staff members of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) and nursing homes.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/06/P2022050600407.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

16 May 2022

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Citywide RAT to Curb COVID Spread (Reminder)

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Hospital Authority Designated Clinics for COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

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Medication Refill Clinics for Hospital Authority Designated Clinics for COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

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