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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

Vaccine booster plan expanded

The Government announced today that people who have received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine with the second one received six months ago, can make reservations for the third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from November 23.     They can also collect same-day tickets and get the third jab at the community vaccination centres (CVCs) without prior booking from the same day.   People under certain groups have been arranged to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on a priority basis since November 11 and the operation has been smooth.   After assessing the capacity and service demand of the vaccination facilities, the Government has decided to expand the arrangements to cover more eligible people, irrespective of whether they belong to the priority groups, to enhance protection.   Before making an appointment, members of the public should take note of a minimum 14-day interval between a COVID-19 vaccination and any other vaccinations, including the seasonal flu vaccine.   The third-dose vaccination arrangements remain unchanged for immunocompromised people such as cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, advanced-stage HIV patients and people taking active immunosuppressive drugs. They should be administered the third dose at least four weeks after the second dose.   For people aged 18 or above in the higher risk populations who have received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine, the third dose should be administered at least six months from the second dose.   This high-risk group includes people aged 60 or above, healthcare workers and those with chronic illnesses, and workers at an increased risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to their occupational setting.   Members of the public can make reservations for the third jab at CVCs or Hospital Authority designated clinics through the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme website.   They can also collect same-day tickets and get vaccinated at the CVCs without prior booking. Alternatively, they may make a reservation for the Sinovac vaccination through private doctors or clinics enrolled in the vaccination programme.   Additionally, patients and visitors of public hospitals can receive the BioNTech vaccination without prior booking at nine COVID-19 vaccination stations.
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