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Ceremony of Celebration Activities for Ethnic Minorities for the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSARThe Home Affairs Department (HAD) held the Ceremony of Celebration Activities for Ethnic Minorities for the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on 28 August 2022 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland with ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. The Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Miss Alice Mak and the Director of Home Affairs, Mrs Alice Cheung together with other guests, officiated at the ceremony. They encouraged ethnic minorities to participate in a series of celebration activities organised by support service centres for ethnic minorities and community support teams commissioned by the HAD. There were also some stellar stage performances by talented and energetic performers from ethnic minorities and from local communities which fully demonstrated that people of diverse cultures and backgrounds in Hong Kong could respect and appreciate each other’s culture.

Activity photos can be viewed in this link (Please click this link)

The video highlights of the Ceremony can also be found at https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio2

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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

Important Health Information

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

1.        ​​Government maintains existing social distancing measures

Having assessed the latest epidemic trend, the Government announced that the existing social distancing measures which are set to expire on November 30 will be maintained until December 14.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/24/P2022112400745.htm

2.        Bookings for vaccination with BioNTech bivalent vaccine opens to eligible persons

Eligible persons aged 12 or above may choose to receive the BioNTech bivalent vaccine from December 1, and online reservations has opened from November 27.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/26/P2022112500453.htm

3.        DH’s Maternal and Child Health Centres and Student Health Service Centres to further facilitate COVID-19 vaccination for toddlers and children

The Department of Health (DH) said that its Maternal and Child Health Centres (MCHCs) and Student Health Service Centres (SHSCs) will enhance the vaccination services of BioNTech and Sinovac to further facilitate COVID-19 vaccination for toddlers and children.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/23/P2022112300694.htm

4.        Government launches new round of outreach vaccination service’s special programme for residential care homes

In view of the recent volatile COVID-19 epidemic situation, as well as the impending winter surge of influenza, the Government launched a new round of outreach vaccination service special programme for residential care homes (RCHs) to strengthen the targeted protection for RCHs for the elderly and persons with disabilities. The special programme commenced and will last for four weeks. Medical teams will be arranged to visit RCHs at least once a week to provide the outreach vaccination service, with a view to administering vaccines to every resident who is due to get vaccinated as soon as possible, in particular the fourth dose as a booster dose. The seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) will also be provided to residents at the same time to attain dual protection.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/25/P2022112500580.htm

5.        Outreach COVID-19 vaccination and publicity team to hold parent-child carnival in shopping mall

The outreach COVID-19 vaccination and publicity team will go to a shopping mall on December 3 to encourage more members of the public to bring their children and family members to receive COVID-19 vaccination.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/27/P2022112700007.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines: www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health

30 Nov 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines1.        ​​Secretary for Health authorises Comirnaty bivalent vaccine for emergency use in Hong Kong​The Government announced that the Secretary for Health has authorised the Comirnaty Original/Omicron BA.4-5 bivalent vaccine (i.e. Comirnaty Original/Omicron BA.4-5 (15/15 micrograms)/dose Dispersion for Injection COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine (nucleoside modified)) by Fosun Pharma/BioNTech for emergency use in Hong Kong in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Use of Vaccines) Regulation (Cap. 599K).According to the information provided by the drug manufacturer, the first batch of the Comirnaty Original/Omicron BA.4-5 bivalent vaccine to be supplied to Hong Kong is expected to arrive Hong Kong from Germany at the end of this month. After receiving shipment of the relevant vaccine and completing the necessary quality assurance procedures, the Government will provide the relevant vaccines to the public as soon as possible. Details will be announced later.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/18/P2022111800312.htm2.        Government adjusts nucleic acid testing arrangements for inbound personsThe Government announced that the nucleic acid testing arrangements for persons arriving at Hong Kong from overseas places or Taiwan are adjusted starting on November 21.  Relevant persons are only required to undergo nucleic acid tests on the day of arrival at Hong Kong (i.e. “test-and-go” at the airport) and on Day 2 after arrival at Hong Kong, as well as daily rapid antigen tests (RATs) after arrival until Day 7 after arrival at Hong Kong. The compulsory nucleic acid testing requirement on Day 4 and Day 6 after arrival at Hong Kong are lifted.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/17/P2022111700682.htm3.        Government implements specific arrangements for inbound tour groupsThe Government announced that the specific arrangements for inbound tour groups has been implemented on November 18 with a view to assisting the inbound tour groups received by travel agents and accompanied by licensed tourist guides to resume tourist activities in strict compliance with the anti-epidemic measures.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/18/P2022111800430.htm4.        Government reminds public and scheduled premises operators to take note of implementation details of social distancing measuresThe Government reminded members of the public and scheduled premises operators to take note of the implementation details of the adjusted social distancing measures in the new cycle that has come into effect on November 17. In particular, to facilitate differentiation by members of the public and avoid public’s confusion during actual operation, all public skating rinks and cinemas must continue to conduct “active checking” on Vaccine Pass regardless of whether users or patrons are required to wear masks during exercise or when consuming food or drink. In other words, persons-in-charge of public skating rinks and cinemas must continue to conduct “active checking” on patrons or users’ Vaccine Pass in accordance with the prevailing.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/16/P2022111600807.htm5.        Government announces transitional arrangements for holders of Medical Exemption Certificates during period before vaccination requirements under Vaccine Pass are metThe Government announced that transitional arrangements will be introduced on November 22 to allow persons who currently hold or have previously held a COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificate (Medical Exemption Certificate) to be issued a Vaccine Pass (Transitional) (Transitional Vaccine Pass), such that they can enter Vaccine Pass applicable premises during the period when they have started the vaccination course but not yet met the vaccination requirement under the Vaccine Pass.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/17/P2022111700446.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines:www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health

21 Nov 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines1.        ​​ DH enhances online declaration platforms’ functionsTo enable people who tested positive to update and supplement information submitted via the online declaration platforms (“Declaration System for individuals tested positive for COVID-19 using Rapid Antigen Test” ([www.chp.gov.hk/ratp]www.chp.gov.hk/ratp) and “Online self-reporting for COVID-19 patient” ([www.chp.gov.hk/cdpi]www.chp.gov.hk/cdpi)), the Department of Health (DH) has added new functions for them to update the mobile number of themselves and their household contacts for receipt of SMS, and to add relevant information of household contacts who have not been declared previously, within seven days after the first submission via the online platforms for one time only. The relevant systems will not handle any request for an information update submitted beyond the seven-day period after the first submission.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/08/P2022110800496.htm2.        Government suitably relaxes social distancing measures furtherHaving assessed the epidemic risk and the need for resuming social and economic activities, the Government announced that the social distancing measures are suitably relaxed further with effect from November 17 such that citizens’ livelihood may continue to resume normalcy in an orderly manner.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/10/P2022111000806.htm3.        Government provides specific arrangements for inbound tour groupsThe Government announced that under the principle of striking a balance between epidemic risks and the need for economic development, and considering that the inbound tour group travellers concerned would be received and assisted to carry out tourist activities in compliance with the anti-epidemic measures by travel agents and accompanied by licensed tourist guides, specific arrangements for inbound tour group travellers will be launched this month. The relevant arrangements can support the gradual resumption of the inbound travel market in an orderly manner, and provide a more favourable business environment for the travel trade.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/07/P2022110700466.htm4.        Free vaccination of toddler formulation of BioNTech vaccine for childrenStarting from November 9, children aged between 6 months and 4 years could receive free vaccination of toddler formulation of the BioNTech vaccine at the four Children Community Vaccination Centres (CCVCs).For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/09/P2022110900204.htm5.        HAD steps up vaccination and related publicity activities to facilitate COVID-19 vaccination of elderly and children​A spokesman for the Home Affairs Department (HAD) said that to encourage the early vaccination of the young and the old, the HAD’s 18 District Offices have stepped up COVID-19 vaccination activities in various districts since August so as to enable citizens of all ages, especially children and the elderly who are more vulnerable to serious infection, to be vaccinated as early as possible to obtain the much needed proper protection for themselves and others under the epidemic situation.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/10/P2022111000455.htm6.        Government reminds members of public that group invalidation declarations of Medical Exemption Certificates take effect on November 9The Government reminded members of the public that the group invalidation declarations made by the Secretary for Health on October 26, pursuant to section 17B(1) of the amended Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap. 599, sub. leg. L) (the Regulation), regarding all COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificates (Exemption Certificates) issued by seven registered medical practitioners take effect on November 9. By that time, all specified Medical Exemption Certificates previously issued by the medical practitioners concerned cease to be specified Medical Exemption Certificates, and all Medical Exemption Certificates issued by the medical practitioners concerned after the making of the aforementioned invalidation declarations also not be considered specified Medical Exemption Certificates.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/08/P2022110800576.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines: www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health

14 Nov 2022

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

1.        ​​Government further suitably relaxes social distancing measures

Having taken into account the latest epidemic development and relevant factors, the Government announced that social distancing measures will be suitably relaxed further with effect from November 3.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/27/P2022102700682.htm

2.        Government to set two-tier pricing for self-paid COVID-19 nucleic acid testing services

The Government announced that the self-paid COVID-19 nucleic acid testing services will be provided at two-tier pricing with express service introduced starting from October 28. Moreover, the self-paid testing services being provided at the 19 community testing centres (CTCs) will be extended to all 85 CTCs and community testing stations (CTSs).

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/27/P2022102700777.htm

3.        Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) (Amendment) Regulation 2022 gazetted

The Court of First Instance handed down its judgment on the judicial review application in respect of COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificates (Exemption Certificates) on October 21, 2022. Having carefully considered the legal advice, the exigency of the fight against the epidemic and the interest of the relevant stakeholders and the public at large, the Government has decided not to appeal against the decision of the Court. The Government would amend the relevant regulations, in order to provide clear legal basis for the relevant directions.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/25/P2022102500852.htm

4.        ​​Secretary for Health declares invalidation of all Medical Exemption Certificates issued by seven registered medical practitioners

The Government announced that the Secretary for Health, pursuant to section 17B(1) of the amended Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap. 599, sub. leg. L) (the Regulation), declared separately the invalidation of all COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificates (Exemption Certificates) issued by the seven registered medical practitioners stated in Annex. The aforementioned invalidation declarations will take effect on November 9. By that time, all Exemption Certificates previously issued by the medical practitioners concerned can no longer be used for meeting the Vaccine Pass requirements. At the same time, neither can Exemption Certificate issued by the seven registered medical practitioners after the making of the aforementioned invalidation declarations be used for meeting the Vaccine Pass requirements.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/26/P2022102600795.htm

5.        Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Stations to provide Sinovac and BioNTech vaccination service

Starting from October 31, the 13 COVID-19 Vaccination Stations in public hospitals (HCVSs) provide walk-in vaccination with the Sinovac and BioNTech vaccines.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/28/P2022102800219.htm

6.        ​​HAD steps up vaccination and related publicity activities to facilitate COVID-19 vaccination of elderly and children

A spokesman for the Home Affairs Department (HAD) said that to encourage the early vaccination of the young and the old, the HAD’s 18 District Offices have stepped up COVID-19 vaccination activities in various districts since August so as to enable citizens of all ages, especially children and the elderly who are more vulnerable to serious infection, to be vaccinated as early as possible to obtain the much needed proper protection for themselves and others under the epidemic situation.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/28/P2022102800703.htm

7.        Paediatric formulation of Comirnaty vaccine arrives in Hong Kong

A batch of about 19 000 doses of the paediatric formulation of the Comirnaty vaccine for use by children aged 5 to 11 arrived in Hong Kong as arranged by Fosun Pharma.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/28/P2022102800543.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines: www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

Department of Health

10 Nov 2022

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

  1.        ​​Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines convenes meeting on application for emergency use of Comirnaty bivalent vaccine by Fosun Pharma
    The Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines (Advisory Panel) convened a meeting on November 7 on the application for emergency use of Comirnaty bivalent vaccine by Fosun Pharma. The meeting was chaired by convenor Professor Wallace Lau Chak-sing.
    In accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Use of Vaccines) Regulation (Cap. 599K) (the Regulation), Fosun Pharma submitted to the Secretary for Health an application earlier for the authorisation of Comirnaty Original/Omicron BA.4-5 bivalent vaccine by Fosun Pharma/BioNTech for emergency use. At the same time, it also submitted the overseas authorisation obtained, and information related to the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccine. The Advisory Panel convened a meeting on November 7 to examine the information and reports submitted by Fosun Pharma.
    For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/07/P2022110700695.htm2.        Persons subject to compulsory testing and specified citizens can still enjoy free nucleic acid testing with Testing Registration Code or advance booking from Tuesday
    The Government reminded members of the public that, starting November 8, persons subject to compulsory testing and specified members of the public can continue to receive COVID-19 nucleic acid testing for free at community testing centres (CTCs) / community testing stations (CTSs) simply by using the Testing Registration Code in the “LeaveHomeSafe” (LHS) mobile application for registration or making a booking online in advance. Relevant citizens who generate a user-designated Testing Registration QR Code on site at CTC/CTSs are also entitled for free testing.
    For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/06/P2022110400769.htm3.        “Throat swab” samples to be collected for free nucleic acid testing starting from November 8
    The Government announced that “throat swab” samples are collected for free nucleic acid tests conducted at community testing centres (CTCs), community testing stations (CTSs), ad-hoc specimen collection stations as well as inbound testing stations at the airport starting from November 8, replacing the current practice of collecting “combined nasal and throat swab” samples. Adjustment is made to the Compulsory Testing Notices correspondingly, such that “throat swab” is accepted for testing.
    For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/05/P2022110500620.htm4.        Bookings for vaccination of toddler formulation of BioNTech vaccine opens on November 9
    Starting from November 9, the four Children Community Vaccination Centres (CCVCs) will provide vaccination service to children aged between 6 months and 4 years with the toddler formulation of the BioNTech vaccine. Parents and guardians can make bookings for their children from 9am November 6 at the booking system on the designated website of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (booking.covidvaccine.gov.hk).
    For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202211/05/P2022110400561.htm5.        Additional CoronaVac vaccine doses purchased by Government arrive in Hong Kong
    The Government announced that about 360 000 extra doses of the CoronaVac vaccine have been purchased to cope with the demand for COVID-19 vaccination. The batch of vaccines has been delivered to Hong Kong from Beijing on October 31.
    For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/31/P2022103100591.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines: www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health

8 Nov 2022

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Receiving Seasonal Influenza Vaccines through Vaccination Subsidy Scheme (VSS)

The winter influenza season is approaching. Given that the local seasonal influenza activity has been staying at low levels since February 2020, the overall immunity against influenza in the community is at present relatively low. The Government strongly urges the public to complete the recommended dosage of COVID-19 vaccines and the latest seasonal influenza vaccine as early as possible to obtain better protection in the event of co-infection with COVID-19 and influenza.

 

The Flu Vaccine can be received at the same time as, or at any time before or after COVID-19 vaccines. For more information, please visit the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) website: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/46107.html

 

The 2022/23 Vaccination Subsidy Scheme (VSS) provides subsidised Flu Vaccine for the following eligible Hong Kong residents:

– persons aged 50 years or above;

– children aged 6 months to less than 12 years (will be extended to persons aged 6 months to

less than 18 years (or secondary school students) starting from 10 Nov 2022);

– pregnant women;

– persons with intellectual disability; and

– recipients of Disability Allowance / standard rate of “100% disabled” or “requiring constant attendance” under Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme.

 

The subsidy is $260 per dose. Private doctors may or may not charge an extra fee. Eligible persons can select an enrolled private doctor/ clinic from the eHealth System (Subsides) https://apps.hcv.gov.hk/public/en/SPS/Search for booking an appointment for Flu Vaccination. Should you have further enquiries, please contact us by phone at 2125 2125.

 

Programme Management and Vaccination Division

Emergency Response and Programme Management Branch

Centre for Health Protection

Department of Health

7 Nov 2022

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Updated Information on Melioidosis

Causative agent

Melioidosis is a disease caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei. It can affect both humans and animals such as sheep, swine, cats, dogs, etc. This bacterium is widespread in soils and muddy water, particularly common in moist clay soils. It is endemic in Southeast Asia (e.g. Singapore and Thailand) and northern Australia.

Clinical features

Melioidosis may present with localised infection (such as cutaneous abscess), pneumonia, meningoencephalitis, sepsis, or chronic suppurative infection. Depending on the site of infection, common symptoms include fever, headache, localised pain or swelling, ulceration, chest pain, cough, haemoptysis, and swelling of regional lymph nodes.

Mode of transmission

Humans can become infected through contact with contaminated soil and surface waters (especially through skin abrasions/wounds); inhalation of contaminated dust/water droplets; and ingestion of contaminated water. Person-to-person transmission is rare but may occur through contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person.

High risk groups

Persons with underlying diseases including diabetes, lung disease, liver disease, renal disease, cancer, or immunosuppression have higher risks for contracting the disease. Agricultural, laboratory and health-care workers are also vulnerable to occupational exposure.

Incubation period

The incubation period varies, usually from 2 to 4 weeks, but can range from 1 day to few years.

Management

Melioidosis can be treated with antibiotics. Long-term treatment may be necessary for some chronic infection cases. Mortality rate ranges from around 40-75%.

Prevention

No vaccine is available for melioidosis. To prevent melioidosis, people should take the following measures:

  • Avoid contact with contaminated soil.
  • Wear appropriate protective clothing or footwear when participating in activities with possible contact with soil or water, e.g. use gloves and wear boots.
  • Wash or shower after exposure to contaminated water or soil.
  • Always clean any wounds as soon as possible and cover any cuts or grazes with waterproof dressings.
  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water after handling with soils or gardening.
  • Observe food hygiene and avoid drinking raw water.
  • Travellers can contract the disease through outdoor water sports. Risk of infection can be minimised by avoiding exposure to water sources (such as rivers, ponds or lakes) that might be contaminated.

Department of Health

14 Oct 2022

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

1.        ​​Government further suitably relaxes social distancing measures

Having taken into account the latest epidemic development and relevant factors, the Government announced that social distancing measures will be suitably relaxed further with effect from November 3.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/27/P2022102700682.htm

2.        Government to set two-tier pricing for self-paid COVID-19 nucleic acid testing services

The Government announced that the self-paid COVID-19 nucleic acid testing services will be provided at two-tier pricing with express service introduced starting from October 28. Moreover, the self-paid testing services being provided at the 19 community testing centres (CTCs) will be extended to all 85 CTCs and community testing stations (CTSs).

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/27/P2022102700777.htm

3.        Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) (Amendment) Regulation 2022 gazetted

The Court of First Instance handed down its judgment on the judicial review application in respect of COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificates (Exemption Certificates) on October 21, 2022. Having carefully considered the legal advice, the exigency of the fight against the epidemic and the interest of the relevant stakeholders and the public at large, the Government has decided not to appeal against the decision of the Court. The Government would amend the relevant regulations, in order to provide clear legal basis for the relevant directions.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/25/P2022102500852.htm

4.        ​​Secretary for Health declares invalidation of all Medical Exemption Certificates issued by seven registered medical practitioners

The Government announced that the Secretary for Health, pursuant to section 17B(1) of the amended Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap. 599, sub. leg. L) (the Regulation), declared separately the invalidation of all COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificates (Exemption Certificates) issued by the seven registered medical practitioners stated in Annex. The aforementioned invalidation declarations will take effect on November 9. By that time, all Exemption Certificates previously issued by the medical practitioners concerned can no longer be used for meeting the Vaccine Pass requirements. At the same time, neither can Exemption Certificate issued by the seven registered medical practitioners after the making of the aforementioned invalidation declarations be used for meeting the Vaccine Pass requirements.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/26/P2022102600795.htm

5.        Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Stations to provide Sinovac and BioNTech vaccination service

Starting from October 31, the 13 COVID-19 Vaccination Stations in public hospitals (HCVSs) provide walk-in vaccination with the Sinovac and BioNTech vaccines.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/28/P2022102800219.htm

6.        ​​HAD steps up vaccination and related publicity activities to facilitate COVID-19 vaccination of elderly and children

A spokesman for the Home Affairs Department (HAD) said that to encourage the early vaccination of the young and the old, the HAD’s 18 District Offices have stepped up COVID-19 vaccination activities in various districts since August so as to enable citizens of all ages, especially children and the elderly who are more vulnerable to serious infection, to be vaccinated as early as possible to obtain the much needed proper protection for themselves and others under the epidemic situation.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/28/P2022102800703.htm

7.        Paediatric formulation of Comirnaty vaccine arrives in Hong Kong

A batch of about 19 000 doses of the paediatric formulation of the Comirnaty vaccine for use by children aged 5 to 11 arrived in Hong Kong as arranged by Fosun Pharma.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/28/P2022102800543.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines: www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

Department of Health

2 Nov 2022

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines1.        ​​Government suitably relaxes social distancing measures

The Government announced that the Chief Executive in Council has approved the amendments to the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G) in order to raise the maximum number of persons allowed in group gatherings in public places from four to 12. The amendments, which subject to the negative vetting by the Legislative Council, come into effect on October 20. This serves to align with the effective cycle (i.e. from October 20 to November 2) during which the social distancing measures relax suitably as earlier announced by the Government.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/18/P2022101800596.htm2.        SCS appeals for timely COVID-19 vaccination

The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mrs Ingrid Yeung, attended a two-day vaccination event in Kowloon City District at Hung Hom Community Hall on October 22 to encourage members of the public, in particular the elderly and children, to receive appropriate doses of COVID-19 vaccine on time.Mrs Yeung said, “Boosting vaccination rate is one of the policy initiatives in ‘The Chief Executive’s 2022 Policy Address’. We will strive to expand the network of vaccination facilities and set up vaccination venues at locations with convenient transportation or high patronage to provide convenience to members of the public in receiving COVID-19 vaccination. In fact, the number of Private Clinic COVID-19 Vaccination Stations have been increased to 26 from September to the present and the Community Vaccination Stations at Lai Chi Kok Park and Wong Tai Sin Temple Square have commenced operation. Members of the public can register online for free vaccination services. Meanwhile, we are rolling out a new series of promotion and publicity to encourage early vaccination of elderly aged above 70 and children aged below 12 so as to build a sound protective barrier for Hong Kong.”For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/22/P2022102100821.htm3.        ​​ Government, community and trade roll out new round of scheme to visit elderly to encourage COVID-19 vaccination

To further encourage unvaccinated elderly for early vaccination so as to reduce their risk of serious illness and death from infection, the Government works with district groups and the property management sector to roll out a new round of a scheme to visit elderly persons in Wong Tai Sin, Kwun Tong and Kwai Tsing Districts to encourage them to receive COVID-19 vaccination starting from October 22. They gradually pay door-to-door visits to households at the public housing estates with elderly tenants aged 70 or above who have yet to receive COVID-19 vaccination in the Districts.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/21/P2022102100348.htm4.        Home Affairs Department continues to take stringent enforcement actions relating to anti-epidemic regulations and prosecutes club-house for suspected violations of anti-epidemic regulations

A spokesman for the Home Affairs Department (HAD) said that the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) under the HAD continued to step up inspections of premises licensed by the OLA (including hotels, guesthouses, club-houses and amusement game centres). The licence holders, customers and guests are required to strictly comply with the requirements and directions under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F), the Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap. 599L) etc., including the requirement on the Red Code and Amber Code under the Vaccine Pass; and customers of catering premises participating in a banquet activity have to comply with the rapid antigen test requirement. The OLA will proactively take stringent enforcement actions on an ongoing basis. Premises operators and the public are urged not to defy the law, but to work together to reduce the risk of virus transmission in the community.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/24/P2022102400841.htm5.        ​​ Update on monitoring COVID-19 vaccination

In the preceding week till 11.59pm on October 16, the Department of Health (DH) received 17 reports of adverse events following COVID-19 immunisation. No death cases were reported by the Hospital Authority (HA) involving individuals who had received vaccines within 14 days before they passed away and had potential association with vaccination.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/19/P2022101900670.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines: www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health
25 Oct 2022

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

1.        ​​​Government announces latest arrangements of COVID-19 vaccination venues

The Government announced that nine additional COVID-19 vaccination venues will be set up progressively at locations with convenient transportation or high patronage this month to provide convenience to members of the public. In addition, five Community Vaccination Centres (CVCs) and one Pop-up CVC will be closed at the end of this month after the new vaccination venues have commenced service.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/12/P2022101200245.htm2.        ​​​HAD steps up vaccination and related publicity activities to facilitate COVID-19​​​ vaccination of elderly and children

A spokesman for the Home Affairs Department (HAD) said that to encourage the early vaccination of the young and the old, the HAD’s 18 District Offices have stepped up COVID-19 vaccination activities in various districts since August so as to enable citizens of all ages, especially children and the elderly who are more vulnerable to serious infection, to be vaccinated as early as possible to obtain the much needed proper protection for themselves and others under the epidemic situation.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/13/P2022101300508.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 a meeting on October 13 to discuss and issue the consensus interim recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines in Hong Kong.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/13/P2022101300657.htm4.        ​​​Secretary for Health authorises paediatric and toddler formulation of Comirnaty ​​​vaccine for emergency use in Hong KongThe Government announced that the Secretary for Health has authorised the paediatric and toddler formulation of the Comirnaty vaccine for emergency use in Hong Kong in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Use of Vaccines) Regulation (Cap. 599K) (the Regulation).For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/12/P2022101200446.htm5.        ​​​Government announces latest arrangements for Medical Exemption Certificates ​​​suspected of abuse in issuanceThe Government announced earlier that the COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificates issued by the seven private doctors who are suspected to have abused the issuance of Exemption Certificates would not be accepted for the purpose of Vaccine Pass starting from October 12.  In view of the interim injunction order handed down by the High Court having considered the pending substantive hearing of the relevant judicial review case, the Government announced on October 11 the suspension of arrangement to refuse the acceptance of the Exemption Certificates concerned according to the G.N. (E.) 893, 895 and 896 of 2022 published yesterday on October 10 under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Chapter 599, sub. leg. F) and the Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Chapter 599, sub. leg. L) until the court has conducted substantive hearing on the judicial review case concerned and handed down further instruction.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/11/P2022101100576.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines: www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health
18 Oct 2022

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

1.        Government rolls out new measures to enhance community testing services

The Government announced that a series of enhancement measures have been rolled out progressively in a bid to provide ample, high-quality, speedy, accessible and affordable community testing services and further assist members of the public to undergo nucleic acid tests.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/06/P2022100600431.htm

2.        FEHD reminds operators, staff and customers of catering premises and scheduled premises to observe latest social distancing measures

A spokesman for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) said that the Government has earlier announced the relaxation of certain social distancing measures, and the latest specifications and directions in relation to catering premises and scheduled premises under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) has come into effect from October 6 to October 19. The spokesman appeals to operators of catering premises and scheduled premises to observe the relevant arrangements and strictly comply with various requirements and directions under Cap. 599F and other relevant anti-epidemic regulations at all times. Customers patronising catering premises are also required to comply with the various anti-epidemic regulations and restrictions.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/06/P2022100600501.htm

3.        Government provides clinical assessment for members of public who hold Medical Exemption Certificates with suspected problems

The Government announced further facilitation measures to assist individuals who hold a COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificate suspected to be issued not in compliance with guidelines by a doctor suspected to have violated the law, for obtaining appropriate clinical assessment on whether they are suitable for receiving vaccination depending on their needs.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/06/P2022100600006.htm

4.        2022/23 seasonal influenza vaccination programmes to start on October 6

With the launch of the Government Vaccination Programme (GVP) and Vaccination Subsidy Scheme (VSS) 2022/23 on October 6, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) appealed to members of the public to receive free seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) to better protect themselves in the coming winter influenza season.

The spokesman stressed that the COVID-19 vaccine can be co-administered with, or separated from, SIV. If people wish to space out COVID-19 vaccine with nasal spray live attenuated vaccine, an interval of 14 days is sufficient.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/05/P2022100500280.htm

5.        Hospital Authority adjusts designated clinic and general out-patient clinic services

The Hospital Authority (HA) announced that the HA designated clinic for COVID-19 confirmed cases (designated clinic) located at Central Kowloon Health Centre ceased operation on October 6 and resume general out-patient clinic (GOPC) service on October 7. GOPCs resumed some services which were partially suspended earlier, including the Sunday and public holiday and the evening clinic services, starting from October 7.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/03/P2022100300606.htm

6.        Government adjusts quarantine arrangements for air crew

In view of the latest developments of the epidemic situation, the Government adjusted the quarantine arrangements for air crew which came into effect on October 4.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202210/04/P2022100400532.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines: www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

Department of Health

11 Oct 2022

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

1.        Government relaxes certain social distancing measuresIn view of the latest epidemic development and the need to contain relevant risks, the Government announced the relaxation of certain social distancing measures with effect from October 6.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/30/P2022093000818.htm2.        Government announces lifting of compulsory quarantine requirement on arrival at Hong KongThe Government announced the lifting of compulsory quarantine requirement for inbound persons from overseas places or Taiwan starting from September 26, after analysing scientific data and striking a balance among factors such as transmission risks. The arrangement for inbound persons from the Mainland or Macao are rationalised at the same time. The Government’s goal is to minimise the inconvenience faced by inbound travellers due to quarantine requirements and allow room for Hong Kong to connect with the world as far as possible, while being able to contain the epidemic development.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/24/P2022092400048.htm3.        Latest inbound control arrangement for foreign domestic helpersThe Labour Department (LD) reminded foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) and employers that the Government adjust the inbound control arrangement for overseas inbound persons with effect from September 26.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/24/P2022092400139.htm4.        New arrangement of Vaccine Pass commencesThe Government reminded members of the public that starting from September 30, the applicable age of the Vaccine Pass are lowered to 5 and persons aged 12 or above are required to receive the third dose within five months after receiving the second dose. Members of the public should get vaccinated with no delay to comply with the vaccination requirements under the Vaccine Pass. A new function has been added to the “LeaveHomeSafe” (LHS) mobile application to allow members of the public to store at the same time their own Vaccine Pass and that of their accompanied persons (including children aged 15 or below, elderly aged 65 or above, or persons with disabilities, who are exempted from using the LHS mobile application).For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/27/P2022092700562.htm5.        Booking arrangements for receiving both COVID-19 and influenza vaccination for Hong Kong residents aged 50 or above at Community Vaccination CentresThe Government announced that Community Vaccination Centres (CVCs) in various districts will offer free seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) to Hong Kong residents aged 50 or above when they are there for COVID-19 vaccination starting from October 6. Eligible persons may make reservations from September 29.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/28/P2022092800613.htm6.        Four COVID-19 vaccination stations commence operationThe Secretary for the Civil Service, Mrs Ingrid Yeung, said after a visit to the Lai Chi Kok Park Community Vaccination Station (CVS) that the CVS is well prepared for administering the Sinovac vaccine for members of the public starting from September 30. In addition, three Private Clinic COVID-19 Vaccination Stations located at Chi Lok Fa Yuen in Tuen Mun, Kornhill Plaza Office Tower in Quarry Bay and Ice House Street in Central have also come into operation.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/29/P2022092900294.htm7.        Government announces follow-up arrangements for suspected abuse in the issuance of Medical Exemption CertificatesRegarding individual private doctors suspected to have failed to provide proper medical consultation to patients in accordance with the guidelines of the Department of Health (DH) and abused the issuance of COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificates, the Government announced that all Medical Exemption Certificates issued by the private doctors concerned will not be accepted and will be invalidated from October 12 onwards. Members of the public who hold a Medical Exemption Certificate issued by the private doctors concerned may consult other doctors depending on their needs to determine whether they are suitable for receiving COVID-19 vaccination, or may continue to be medically exempted.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/27/P2022092700632.htm8.        Health Bureau’s response on follow-up arrangements for suspected abuse in issuance of Medical Exemption CertificatesRegarding media enquiries on how individuals who hold a COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificate (Exemption Certificate) issued by a doctor suspected to have abused the issuance of Exemption Certificates can continue to obtain the relevant exemption, the Health Bureau gave a response.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/29/P2022092900779.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines:www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

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3 Oct 2022

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

1.        Government maintains 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 September 22 to October 5.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/20/P2022092000721.htm2.        Measures to assist foreign domestic helpers and employers cope with COVID-19 pandemic extendedThe Government announced that the measures to assist foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) and their employers cope with the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/21/P2022092000373.htm3.        Government standardises requirements of Provisional Vaccine PassConsidering that COVID-19 vaccine has been widely administered in places outside Hong Kong and the local Vaccine Pass requirements will be further strengthened (lowering the applicable age starting from September 30, and requiring all persons aged 12 or above to be vaccinated with three doses starting from the end of November), the Government announced revision to the Provisional Vaccine Pass applicable to all inbound travellers, requiring them to have received at least two doses starting from September 17.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/16/P2022091600674.htm4.        Government, community and trade work together to visit elderly to encourage COVID-19 vaccinationTo further encourage elderly persons to receive COVID-19 vaccination for self-protection, various government departments worked with a district group and the property management sector to roll out at Tsz Hong and Tsz Man Estates in Wong Tai Sin a pilot scheme to visit elderly persons in order to encourage them to receive COVID-19 vaccination. For two consecutive days, they paid door-to-door visits to households with elderly persons aged 70 or above at the two estates.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/17/P2022091700300.htm5.        Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines convenes meeting to conduct continuous benefit-risk analysis of authorised COVID-19 vaccinesThe Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines (Advisory Panel) convened a meeting to conduct continuous benefit-risk analysis of the authorised COVID-19 vaccines.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/19/P2022091900540.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines:www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health
22 Sep 2022

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

1.        Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme increases supply of rooms and will allow confirmed cases to stay in hotel for isolation in next cycleThe Government announced that a quarantine hotel initially reserved for air crew joins the eighth cycle of the Designated Quarantine Hotel (DQH) Scheme starting from September 15 and another DQH will increase its supply of hotel rooms. In addition, new clauses will be added to the contracts for the ninth cycle of the Scheme to allow the DQH guests identified as confirmed cases to stay in their original hotel to undergo isolation.  For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/13/P2022091300662.htm2.        Government enhances arrangement of point-to-point transport services from airport to designated quarantine hotels and updates label for government quarantine hotel taxi fleetThe Government announced that the waiting and boarding arrangements for point-to-point transport services to convey inbound persons from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to the designated quarantine hotels (DQHs) are enhanced from September 15, with a view to further reducing inbound persons’ duration of stay at HKIA. In addition, the specific label for the government DQH taxi fleet has been updated for easier public identification.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/14/P2022091400538.htm3.        Government adjusts temperature screening arrangements for outbound and transit air passengersThe Government announced that in view of the gradual removal of COVID-19 prevention and control requirements in overseas places, outbound passengers and transit passengers departing for overseas places or Taiwan via the Hong Kong International Airport are no longer be required to go through temperature screening starting September 10. As for inbound passengers entering Hong Kong, as well as departing passengers bound for the Mainland or Macao, the temperature screening arrangements remain in place.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/09/P2022090900694.htm4.        Government adjusts quarantine arrangements for air crewIn view of the latest developments of the epidemic situation, and after reviewing the relevant data, the Government announced the adjustments to the quarantine arrangements for air crew. The relevant arrangements come into effect at 0.00am September 10.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/09/P2022090900649.htm5.        HAD steps up vaccination and related publicity activities to facilitate COVID-19 vaccination of elderly and childrenA spokesman for the Home Affairs Department (HAD) said that to encourage the early vaccination of the young and old, the HAD’s 18 District Offices have stepped up COVID-19 vaccination activities in various districts since August so as to enable citizens of all ages, especially children and the elderly who are more vulnerable to serious infection, to be vaccinated as early as possible to obtain the much needed proper protection for themselves and others under the severe epidemic situation.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/14/P2022091400549.htm6.        New Testing Registration Code function added to “LeaveHomeSafe” to facilitate citizens’ registration for testingA spokesman for the Government announced that a new Testing Registration Code function has been added to the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile application to enable members of the public to fill in personal information in advance. The new function aims to reduce the time spent on queuing on-site and registration at testing points through a simplified registration process for nucleic acid testing.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/09/P2022090900593.htm7.        Government amends regulations under Prevention and Control of Disease OrdinanceThe Government published in the Gazette the Prevention and Control of Disease (Use of Vaccines) (Amendment) Regulation 2022 (Amendment Regulation) to introduce a transitional arrangement for handling the registration of COVID-19 vaccines. At the same time, the Government has also amended eight public health emergency regulations under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance (Cap. 599) to maintain the legal framework for relevant anti-epidemic measures undertaken by the Government.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/09/P2022090900486.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines:www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health
16 Sep 2022

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

1.        Government maintains 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 September 8 to September 21. At the same time, given the severe epidemic situation, the Government takes strict enforcement actions on various anti-epidemic measures in order to further contain the epidemic, prevent the healthcare system from collapsing and avoid as far as practicable tightening of measures which may have a more drastic impact.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/06/P2022090600648.htm2.        Government lowers applicable age of Vaccine Pass to 5 and adjusts vaccination requirements applicable to persons aged 12 or aboveThe epidemic has reached a dire situation recently. In a bid to enhance protection for children and boost further the vaccination rate of the third dose, the Government announced updated Vaccine Pass arrangements. The specific adjustments include: (1) lowering the applicable age of the Vaccine Pass to cover children aged 5 to 11; and (2) adjusting the vaccination requirements applicable to persons aged 12 or above under the Vaccine Pass.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/08/P2022090800481.htm3.        Government increases COVID-19 vaccination quota for childrenThe Secretary for the Civil Service, Mrs Ingrid Yeung, said that as the applicable age of the Vaccine Pass will be lowered to 5 years old, the Government will increase the BioNTech vaccination quota for children aged 5 to 11 starting from September 9 and online booking can be made from now on.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/08/P2022090800474.htm4.        Government extends outreach vaccination service special programme for residential care homesTo further boost the COVID-19 vaccination rate of residents of residential care homes (RCHs) for the elderly and persons with disabilities so as to strengthen the protection for them, the Government announced the extension of the outreach vaccination service special programme for RCHs till the end of September. Medical teams are invited to continue their visits to respective RCHs at least once a week and provide outreach vaccination service to the residents with a target of not missing any residents who are ready for vaccination and getting them vaccinated as soon as possible. Under the special programme, the Government will provide a special allowance for the medical teams to cover the additional manpower and transportation costs arising from the extension of the programme.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/01/P2022090100474.htm5.        Government rationalises testing arrangements for persons arriving from Mainland and MacaoThe Government announced that the COVID-19 nucleic acid testing arrangements for persons arriving from the Mainland and Macao are rationalised from September 3 onwards. The new arrangements include that persons arriving at Hong Kong from the Mainland or Macao via the airport would no longer be required to undergo “test-and-hold” arrangement in a bid to align the testing arrangements for relevant persons arriving at Hong Kong via the airport and land boundary control points, while all persons arriving from the Mainland and Macao must undergo compulsory nucleic acid testing on Day 2 upon their arrival at Hong Kong.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/01/P2022090100771.htm6.        Members of the public have to report positive RAT result as soon as possible by the deadlineThe spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) reminded that People who obtain a positive result through an RAT have to report via the online platform “Declaration System for individuals tested positive for COVID-19 using Rapid Antigen Test” ([www.chp.gov.hk/ratp]www.chp.gov.hk/ratp) as soon as possible by the reporting deadline. The CHP will not process and follow up those reports made beyond the deadline.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/06/P2022090600583.htm7.        Government updates testing requirements prior to visits to RCHsThe Social Welfare Department (SWD) said that, due to the continued occurrence of confirmed cases among residents and/or staff members in residential care homes (RCHs), visitors’ testing requirements prior to their visits to RCHs will be updated according to the advice of the health authorities in order to safeguard the health of frail elderly people and persons with disabilities in RCHs.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/02/P2022090200689.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines: www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health

10 Sep 2022

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

1.        Free vaccination service at 16 Private Clinic COVID-19 Vaccination Stations opens for reservationsThe Government sets up 16 Private Clinic COVID-19 Vaccination Stations across Hong Kong to provide more COVID-19 vaccination venues with greater convenience for the public. Members of the public can make reservations for vaccination services for free through the booking system on the designated website of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (booking.covidvaccine.gov.hk).For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/26/P2022082600242.htm2.        Government joins forces with local communities to boost COVID-19 vaccinationThe Secretary for the Civil Service, Mrs Ingrid Yeung, said that it is important to have members and organisations of local communities to promote COVID-19 vaccination actively. In addition to organising outreach vaccination services in their communities, they can also disseminate the latest information about vaccination to members of their communities.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/25/P2022082500905.htm3.        Hospital Authority curtails service to fight epidemicIn response to the latest epidemic development and the continual surge in confirmed cases, the Hospital Authority (HA) has activated the Phase Three Bed Mobilisation Plan so as to reserve more beds and mobilise more manpower to manage patients confirmed with COVID-19 infection. In order to focus resources on anti-epidemic works, public hospitals need to curtail some non-emergency services, including some elective surgeries, day and outpatient services have already been impacted, amid some patient appointments have to be rescheduled.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/28/P2022082700692.htm4.        FEHD reminds operators and patrons of catering premises and operators and staff of scheduled premises to comply with latest social distancing measuresA spokesman for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) said that the Government the gazettal under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions)(Business and Premises) Regulation, which require customers participating in a banquet activity to undergo a rapid antigen test (RAT) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) conducted within the preceding 24 hours and present the negative result before they are allowed to enter the catering premises. The testing requirements applicable to staff of catering premises are extended to staff of scheduled premises (including commercial bathhouse, place of public entertainment, swimming pool and market, etc.): all staff of scheduled premises are required to undergo a RAT every three days before entering the premises. The spokesman reminded relevant operators, staff and patrons to observe and comply with the new requirement as well as other applicable regulations and restrictions.For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202208/27/P2022082700590.htm5.        Compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homesThe Government announced the details of the 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/202208/28/P2022082800193.htmMore information on COVID-19 vaccines:www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/Department of Health
2 Sep 2022

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