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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

Pupils to get same-day jab tickets

The Government today announced that its same-day ticket arrangement for COVID-19 vaccination will be expanded to cover students aged 12 or above starting August 27.   Tickets will be distributed at 24 community vaccination centres (CVCs) so that students can receive COVID-19 jabs at a designated timeslot on the day of ticket distribution.   The same-day ticket arrangement was first introduced for people aged 70 or above and was later extended to cover people aged 60 or older.   As the arrangement has been running smoothly, the Government decided to extend it to cover students studying at primary and secondary schools as well as post-secondary institutions with the aim of assisting students and their parents who have not yet received their jabs.   Each student can be accompanied by a maximum of two people to receive vaccination. The companions can also get vaccinated together.   The same-day tickets will be distributed daily from 7.45am on a first-come, first-served basis.   Eligible people can present their Hong Kong identity card to get a same-day ticket at the CVCs. They can also authorise their family members or carers to collect a ticket on their behalf by presenting a copy of the authoriser's identity card or school attendance documents for registration.   Those aged 12 to 17 are also required to bring along a consent form signed by their parents for getting vaccinated.   The schedule for receiving the second dose will be provided when the student or senior citizen gets the first jab.   About 4,600 same-day tickets will be given out daily at the 24 CVCs in August.   Due to the limited capacity of the venues, the CVCs at Tung Chung Community Hall and Hong Kong International Airport will each distribute 100 tickets per day, while other CVCs, except those run by private hospitals, will each distribute 200 tickets per day.   The CVCs at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Ap Lei Chau Sports Centre and the airport will distribute the tickets until August 31.
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