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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

835k vaccine doses given

About 834,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 578,900 people receiving their first dose and about 255,900 people getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 348,600 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 230,300 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 146,700 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 109,200 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 2,500 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 2,300 people received the jab at eight community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 200 were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 8,800 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 8,300 people vaccinated at CVCs and about 500 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 16,500 people received their first dose at 21 CVCs and about 15,400 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at eight CVCs is 97%, while that of the BioNTech vaccine at 21 CVCs is about 96%.   As of 8pm, about 1,800 people had booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 6,500 had reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech one.   As of midnight, 13 people were sent to hospital.
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