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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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Suspected adverse case probed

The Department of Health said it received a report from the Hospital Authority tonight regarding a suspected serious adverse event following COVID-19 vaccination.   The case involved a 63-year-old man with chronic and respiratory diseases. He received the COVID-19 jab at Kwun Chung Sports Centre Community Vaccination Centre in Jordan on February 26.   He sought treatment from Queen Elizabeth Hospital due shortness of breath at around 1.30am on February 28 and was preliminarily diagnosed with bronchitis. He was hospitalised at around 3am but his condition deterioriated and passed away at around 6am.   The department said it immediately contacted the authority to obtain more information for investigation and evaluation, adding the causal relationship with the vaccination could not be ascertained at the moment.   The department will pass the case to the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation for causality assessment, and the assessment result will be released.
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