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Healthcare enters new chapter

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said primary healthcare development has entered a new chapter under the efforts of the current-term Government.   Mrs Lam made the statement at the District Health Centre - New Journey in Primary Healthcare Ceremony, noting that she advocated in her first Policy Address in 2017 the setting up of District Health Centres (DHCs) that are operated in a brand new mode with a view to enhancing public awareness on preventive healthcare and personal health management through community networks.   To date, DHCs or DHC Expresses have started service in 14 districts. The DHCs will be extended to cover the remaining four districts of Wong Tai Sin, Yuen Long, Southern District and Tsuen Wan, in the next few months.   Mrs Lam noted that upon their presence in all 18 districts within this year, the DHCs and DHC Expresses will serve as the important hardware for promoting the collaboration of primary healthcare services.   She also pointed out that the Food &am

1.7m vaccine doses given

About 1,704,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,055,500 people receiving their first dose and about 648,900 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 473,200 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 582,400 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 338,200 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 310,700 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 4,900 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 3,300 people received the jab at community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 1,600 people were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 4,000 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 2,800 people vaccinated at CVCs and about 1,200 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 12,200 people received their first dose at CVCs and about 20,900 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs is 96%, and that for the BioNTech one is 97%.   As of 8pm, about 2,700 people had booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 8,600 had reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 16 people were sent to hospitals.
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