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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

462k vaccine jabs given

About 462,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 292,600 people receiving their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and about 18,500 people getting their second dose.   About 6,600 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today. Among them about 6,200 received the jabs at eight community vaccination centres (CVCs).   About 400 people were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 6,510 people received their second dose of Sinovac vaccine today, including about 6,500 people vaccinated at the CVCs and about 10 people through private doctors and clinics.   As of 8pm, about 3,500 people had reserved their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online in the past 24 hours.   As of midnight, two people were sent to the hospital for treatment.
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