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Jab pass plan to expand

The vaccine pass arrangement will be implemented in designated healthcare premises under the Food & Health Bureau, the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority (HA) starting June 13, the Government announced today.   The vaccine pass arrangement is applicable to the 13 types of designated healthcare premises primarily providing non-emergency or non-urgent medical services through appointments, such as HA specialist out-patient clinics, and government dental clinics and orthodontic clinics.   Service users and visitors at designated healthcare premises must present upon request their vaccination record, including recovery record, medical exemption certificate, or the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test that is only applicable to service users for staff members' checking. There is no need to scan the vaccine pass QR code.   Service users and visitors who enter the designated healthcare premises for collecting RAT kits, undergoing COVID-19 testing or receivin

5G subsidy scheme funding doubled

The Government has increased the funding earmarked for a subsidy scheme to encourage early 5G deployment from $50 million to $100 million and extended the application deadline to July 31, 2022.   It said about 100 additional projects would be accommodated as a result.   Under the Anti-epidemic Fund, the Subsidy Scheme for Encouraging Early Deployment of 5G subsidises 50% of the costs relevant to the deployment of 5G technology in a project, subject to a cap of $500,000.   Since its launch in May 2020, the Government has approved 103 applications, covering innovative applications in various sectors, such as remote mechanical maintenance, remote telemedicine application, 3D building information modelling in construction sites and 4K/8K live video broadcasting.   Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau said with its edge of high speed, low latency, high capacity and massive connectivity, 5G provides enormous potential for developing business services and smart city applications from smart homes to autonomous driving.   He added that the good progress has laid a solid foundation for its extensive application, and the Government will continue its efforts in promoting 5G development.   Enquiries on the scheme can be made to 2961 6333 or via email.
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