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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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COVID-19 vaccine doses outlined

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said recovered COVID-19 patients who have received a vaccine before the recommended duration may not require a second dose.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre’s Controller Dr Ronald Lam cited the vaccination recommendations for recovered COVID-19 patients which were earlier issued by the Joint Scientific Committee on Emerging & Zoonotic Disease and Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases together with the Expert Advisory Panel to the Chief Executive.   “In gist, based on scientific data, the antibodies or immunity resulting from past infection could last from six to nine months.   “So the recommendation based on such scientific data is to recommend those recovered patients, if they wish to take a vaccine, they can choose BioNTech, just for one dose as a kind of booster, at least 90 days after recovery.   “Based on the National Health Commission’s recommendation from the Mainland, for those who are recovered, they could opt for the Sinovac vaccine on or after six months after they have recovered.   “Before these recommendations were formulated, patients of a couple of these cases may have received a vaccine before the recommended duration - either for BioNTech, for example, before 90 days after they have recovered or been discharged from hospitals, or for Sinovac before six months after they have recovered and been discharged. So for these cases there is no need for them to repeat another dose of vaccine.”
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