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HK urged to support breastfeeding

Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today appealed for cross-sectoral collaboration in promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding to mark World Breastfeeding Week 2021.   To support breastfeeding in Hong Kong, the Government has enacted laws including the extension of statutory paternity leave to five days, extension of statutory maternity leave from 10 to 14 weeks, and amendments to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance which prohibits discrimination and harassment towards breastfeeding women.   The Department of Health also began procedures in March this year to pursue the designation of five more Maternal & Child Health Centres to support and facilitate breastfeeding.   The "Breastfeeding GPS" mobile app, which contains the latest information of over 430 baby care rooms to help parents locate breastfeeding facilities all over Hong Kong was launched in September last year.   The Government has also been promoting and supporting breastfeeding thro

330K receive COVID-19 jab

Around 330,600 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19, with about 224,600 receiving their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and about 106,000 their first dose of the BioNTech jab, the Government announced.   About 26,300 people received their first vaccine dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today. Among them, around 11,300 received the Sinovac vaccine and about 15,000 the BioNTech one.   The overall percentage of people who have received the Sinovac vaccine at eight community vaccination centres is about 86%, while around 95% have received the BioNTech jab at 19 centres.   As of midnight, 12 people were sent to the hospital for treatment.
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