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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

Testing unaffected by virus mutation

Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today said the reagent used by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch for COVID-19 testing is not affected by the genetic transformation of the virus’ S protein.   She told legislators the laboratory services branch under the Centre for Health Protection is currently using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nucleic acid test to conduct and process COVID-19 testing.   On vaccine procurement, Prof Chan said the vaccines advance purchased by the Government are the inactivated virus vaccine by Sinovac Biotech (Hong Kong), the nucleic acid vaccine by Fosun Pharma/German drug developer BioNTech, and the viral vector vaccine by AstraZeneca/University of Oxford.   The health chief noted the Government’s goal is to procure at least one vaccine from each vaccine technology platform. This means it will purchase four different vaccines, with the aggregate number of doses sufficient to serve at least two times the city’s population.   This is to diversify risks and ensure sufficient supplies of safe and efficacious vaccines for the whole of Hong Kong, Prof Chan added.
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