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'Silver economy' panel set up

The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau today established the Advisory Panel on Silver Economy and convened its first meeting with the aim of initiating research on the development of Hong Kong’s growing elderly population as a consumer segment.    Chairing the panel, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau said the elderly demographic was emerging as an important part of the city’s economy.    He highlighted that many products and services designed to enhance the quality of life enjoyed by elderly residents are spurring growth and business opportunities.    Mr Yau added that promoting such products and services can help to foster the development of the so-called silver economy and unleash business potential in the elderly market, whilst also catering to the aspirations and needs of elderly people. He said this would be the advisory panel’s focus.     At today’s meeting, the panel endorsed its terms of reference, reviewed statistics relating to

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 receiving COVID-19 vaccination, are exempted from the vaccine pass arrangement.   Under the new arrangement, people who are unvaccinated will be allowed to visit applicable healthcare premises under the vaccine pass and receive general medical services after obtaining the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test.   The vaccine pass arrangement will not be applicable to healthcare premises providing emergency or urgent services, services and healthcare premises providing episodic disease treatments, such as the accident and emergency departments and HA general out-patient clinics. People entering those premises are not required to use the vaccine pass.   it is also not applicable to HA haemodialysis centres, day chemotherapy centres and geriatric day hospitals which have currently implemented a same-day rapid antigen test arrangement with regard to the condition of service users.   The Government said the new arrangement aims to strengthen the immunity barrier for hospitals and public healthcare facilities against COVID-19, protect public healthcare service users, and further encourage citizens to receive COVID-19 vaccination.   The new arrangement, to be introduced through administrative means, will not impede patients and the injured in need to receive emergency or urgent medical services, it emphasised.
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