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

1.        Government suitably relaxes social distancing measures

As the epidemic situation in Hong Kong has substantially alleviated in a continuous manner since March, with various monitoring indicators showing a consistently downward trend in epidemic activity, the Government announced the first stage of adjustments to social distancing measures that will take effect on April 21, including allowing resumption of dinnertime dine-in services, re-opening of most previously closed premises, as well as updates on the restrictions on gatherings in public and private places, in response to the aspirations of citizens and various industry sectors for resuming normal activities as early as practicable.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/14/P2022041400773.htm

2.        Government announces arrangement to download recovery record QR code and implementation details of second stage of Vaccine Pass

The Government announced the arrangement to download the recovery record QR code for persons infected with COVID-19 (recovered persons), and implementation details in connection with the commencement of the second stage of Vaccine Pass vaccination requirements on April 30.

To facilitate the use of the Vaccine Pass by recovered persons, starting from today, they may download the recovery record QR code through the COVID-19 Electronic Vaccination and Testing Record System (www.evt.gov.hk). Recovered persons can also choose to download the recovery record QR code using “iAM Smart” or the latest version of “eHealth” mobile applications.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/19/P2022041900477.htm

3.        Online and phone registration for Home Vaccination Service starts on April 19

The Government launches a website (www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/hv/) and an enquiry hotline (5688 5234) for the Home Vaccination Service at 9am on April 19 for unvaccinated elderly persons aged 70 or above and persons with impaired mobility due to illness or physical disability to register for door-to-door Sinovac vaccination service via the website or by phone.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/15/P2022041500265.htm

4.        Commencement of next stage of COVID-19 vaccination at RCHEs and RCHDs

A Government spokesman said, “The second stage target of outreach vaccination for RCHs has been achieved. With efforts from various parties, the first dose vaccination rate at RCHs has risen from 55 per cent in mid-March to 70 per cent as at on April 14, with the rate at RCHEs standing at 67 per cent and the rate at RCHDs at 81 per cent. The overall vaccination rates for the second and third doses at RCHs are 42 per cent and 7 per cent respectively.”

“Since many residents were infected with COVID-19 in March and later recovered, the Government will provide in the next stage of outreach vaccination service to unvaccinated RCH residents who have recovered from COVID-19, and those who are due to receive the next vaccine dose after their first or second doses, on or before May 10 so as to achieve a comprehensive vaccination coverage.”

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/15/P2022041500249.htm

5.        59th round of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homes to commence shortly

The Government announced that the 59th 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/202204/14/P2022041300250.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

20 April 2022

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

1.        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), to discuss the use of COVID-19 vaccines in Hong Kong. The updated consensus interim recommendations have been published on April 7. Local data showed that three doses of COVID-19 vaccines (i.e. Comirnaty vaccine or CoronaVac vaccine) are highly effective in reducing hospitalisations and death across all age groups in the adult population. As the majority of local fatal cases in the fifth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic have been persons aged 60 or above, the JSC-EAP thus recommended persons aged 60 years or above to receive an additional dose (i.e. fourth dose) of either Comirnaty vaccine or CoronaVac vaccine at least three months after their last dose for better protection. The same principle would also be applied to recovered persons from COVID-19 in those aged 60 or above.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/07/P2022040700247.htm

2.        Fourth dose COVID-19 vaccination arrangements for persons aged 60 or above

The Government announced on April 8 that persons aged 60 or above who have received three doses of the Sinovac vaccine or the BioNTech vaccine may receive the fourth vaccine dose at least three months after their last dose. All eligible persons can collect a same-day ticket to receive vaccination at Community Vaccination Centres (CVCs) or Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Stations (HCVSs).

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/08/P2022040800458.htm

3.        Third dose Sinovac vaccine booking arrangements for children aged 3 to 11

The Government announced that for children aged 3 to 11 who had already received two doses of Sinovac vaccine for three months, their parents or guardians can make online reservations for the children to receive the third dose of Sinovac vaccine starting from 8am on April 14.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/13/P2022041300609.htm

4.        Government supplies free rapid antigen test kits to elderly

The Government announced that free COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT) kits will be made available to elderly service recipients aged 60 or above during the period from April 19 to May 31 through the elderly district health services units under the Food and Health Bureau (FHB) and the Department of Health (DH), the elderly community care and support services units subsidised by the Social Welfare Department (SWD), and the district-based Chinese Medicine Clinics cum Training and Research Centres (CMCTRs) operating on a tripartite collaboration model involving the Hospital Authority (HA), non-government organisations (NGOs) and a local university. The arrangement aims to support and encourage the elderly to conduct testing on their own for early identification of infected persons and curbing of community transmission chains. The arrangement will be reviewed in due course.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/13/P2022041300385.htm

5.        Special pre-departure testing arrangement for outbound travellers to Mainland or Macao changes to nasopharyngeal swab for sampling

The Government announced that starting from April 13, the sampling method for additional rapid nucleic acid test passengers required to undergo under the special COVID-19 testing arrangement when departing via land boundary control points or the Hong Kong International Airport for the Mainland or Macao will be changed to taking nasopharyngeal swabs (originally by combined nasal and throat swabs).

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/12/P2022041200633.htm

6.        Online platform in place for private doctors to order COVID-19 oral drugs

A Government spokesman said that the Department of Health) issued a letter on April 11 to private doctors who have registered under the eHRSS (Electronic Health Record Sharing System) informing them that a dedicated electronic platform is in place to enable them to make requests for the two antivirals Paxlovid and Molnupiravir for COVID-19 patients.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/11/P2022041100557.htm

7.        58th round of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homes to commence shortly

The Government announced on April 8 that the 58th 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/202204/08/P2022040800204.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

14 April 2022

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Citywide RAT to Curb COVID Spread (Reminder)

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