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Rural voter registration opens

The voter registration campaign for the 2021 Rural Representative Election opened today.   Those eligible should sign up by July 16, the Home Affairs Department said.   There are three types of rural representatives - Indigenous Inhabitant Representatives, Resident Representatives and Kaifong Representatives.   Indigenous Inhabitant Representatives are returned by indigenous inhabitants, their spouses or surviving spouses of an indigenous or composite indigenous village.   They reflect indigenous inhabitants’ views on village affairs, and deal with affairs relating to indigenous inhabitants’ lawful traditional rights and interests and the traditional way of life.   Resident Representatives are returned by both indigenous and non-indigenous inhabitants living in an existing village. They reflect views on village affairs on behalf of the residents.   Kaifong Representatives, returned by Cheung Chau or Peng Chau residents, reflect residents’ views on the two market towns’ affa

Advice on vaccine use published

Two scientific committees have suggested that residents and staff of residential care homes for the elderly or disabled and other institutional facilities should be given top priority to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.   The Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases and the Scientific Committee on Emerging & Zoonotic Diseases under the Centre for Health Protection today published the consensus interim recommendations on using COVID-19 vaccines in Hong Kong, which were made after a meeting on January 7.   The Chief Executive’s expert advisory panel also joined the two committees at the meeting.   The recommendations focused on two vaccines, namely BNT162b2 provided by Fosun Pharma/BioNTech and AZD1222 provided by AstraZeneca.   The committees recommended that both vaccines consist of a schedule of two doses. Individuals should complete their vaccination with the same type of vaccine.   The committees suggested that the second priority for vaccination should be given to workers in healthcare settings, workers in other essential services at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19, and people aged 60 or above.   The third priority should be accorded to people with chronic medical problems aged between 16 and 59.   Click here for details of the recommendations.
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