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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

CE launches Policy Address sessions

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today held the first consultation session on the 2021 Policy Address to listen to stakeholders’ views on the upcoming address in respect of health technology.   More than 30 stakeholders attended the session, including a legislator, a university president and scientists, and representatives from a medicine faculty, scientific research institutions, private hospitals and venture capital funds.   There were also stakeholders from the Hospital Authority, the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation and Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing.   Mrs Lam said after the two-hour consultation session that she had held very meaningful exchanges of views with the stakeholders.   She pointed out that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has all along been pressing ahead with the development of innovation and technology (I&T) in the city, with innovative healthcare and health technology being one of the focus areas.   Mrs Lam noted that the COVID-19 anti-epidemic work has highlighted the importance of I&T application and that health technology should be widely used in society to meet the various challenges arising from the ageing population.   She added that Hong Kong has good prospects in developing health technology and exploring the immense business opportunities.   The Chief Executive thanked the stakeholders for their participation and views, adding that she would consider in full their opinions when formulating the Policy Address.   The session was also attended by Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit, Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan, Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Christopher Hui, and other officials.   Mrs Lam will hold some 30 consultation sessions in the coming two months via face-to-face or video conferencing.    She will also meet specific groups and representatives as well as members of the public to listen to their views on various topics.
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