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Rules for vaccinated staff relaxed

The Government today announced its decision to maintain the current social distancing measures and specified that premises' staff who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course will not be required to undergo regular testing.   The Food & Health Bureau pointed out that the number of local confirmed cases has declined to a lower level.   However, it explained that to continue containing the spread of the disease and to strive for zero case as soon as possible, taking into account the pressure for potential rebound of the epidemic brought by earlier relaxation of social distancing measures and the frequent gatherings among the public during the long holiday, the existing social distancing measures must be maintained for two more weeks.   Noting that the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been smoothly implemented for a while, the bureau said some staff of the catering business premises or scheduled premises have completed the vaccination course, ie after 14 days following

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400k people inoculated

Around 403,000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19, with about 252,800 receiving their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and about 150,200 their first dose of the BioNTech jab, the Government announced.   About 23,400 people received their first vaccine dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today. Among them, around 9,000 received the Sinovac vaccine and about 14,400 the BioNTech one.   The overall percentage of people who have received the Sinovac vaccine at eight community vaccination centres is about 80%, while around 96% have received the BioNTech jab at 19 centres.   As of 8pm today, about 5,600 people had reserved their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online in the past 24 hours, while about 11,100 had reserved the BioNTech vaccine.   As of midnight, 20 people were sent to the hospital for treatment.
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