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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

490k vaccine doses administered

About 490,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 304,600 people receiving their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and about 34,300 people getting their second dose.   About 151,300 people have received the BioNTech vaccine so far.   Around 5,400 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, some 3,500 people received the jabs at eight community vaccination centres (CVCs) while about 1,900 were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 9,700 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 5,300 people vaccinated at CVCs and about 4,400 through private doctors and clinics.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at the eight CVCs is about 94%.   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, four people were sent to hospital.
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