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Jab pass plan to expand

The vaccine pass arrangement will be implemented in designated healthcare premises under the Food & Health Bureau, the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority (HA) starting June 13, the Government announced today.   The vaccine pass arrangement is applicable to the 13 types of designated healthcare premises primarily providing non-emergency or non-urgent medical services through appointments, such as HA specialist out-patient clinics, and government dental clinics and orthodontic clinics.   Service users and visitors at designated healthcare premises must present upon request their vaccination record, including recovery record, medical exemption certificate, or the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test that is only applicable to service users for staff members' checking. There is no need to scan the vaccine pass QR code.   Service users and visitors who enter the designated healthcare premises for collecting RAT kits, undergoing COVID-19 testing or receivin

Advice on vaccine use published

Two scientific committees have suggested that residents and staff of residential care homes for the elderly or disabled and other institutional facilities should be given top priority to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.   The Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases and the Scientific Committee on Emerging & Zoonotic Diseases under the Centre for Health Protection today published the consensus interim recommendations on using COVID-19 vaccines in Hong Kong, which were made after a meeting on January 7.   The Chief Executive’s expert advisory panel also joined the two committees at the meeting.   The recommendations focused on two vaccines, namely BNT162b2 provided by Fosun Pharma/BioNTech and AZD1222 provided by AstraZeneca.   The committees recommended that both vaccines consist of a schedule of two doses. Individuals should complete their vaccination with the same type of vaccine.   The committees suggested that the second priority for vaccination should be given to workers in healthcare settings, workers in other essential services at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19, and people aged 60 or above.   The third priority should be accorded to people with chronic medical problems aged between 16 and 59.   Click here for details of the recommendations.
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