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Social distancing to be relaxed

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government plans to adjust the social distancing measures for restaurants based on staff and customers having been vaccinated against COVID-19 and patrons using the LeaveHomeSafe mobile application.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the statement during a press conference today, noting that Hong Kong was entering a new phase in its fight against the virus.   Under the “vaccine bubble”, the number of people allowed to be seated together at one table in restaurants will be increased from four to six, and their dine-in service can be extended from 10pm to midnight on the condition that all staff have been vaccinated and patrons use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app.   Customers using the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app when entering the eatery would no longer need to fill in their personal information on a paper form.   If all the restaurant staff are fully vaccinated with both doses, plus 14 days for

Comirnaty COVID-19 jabs arrive

A total of 585,000 doses of the Comirnaty vaccine, jointly developed by Fosun Pharma and BioNTech, arrived in Hong Kong today.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip and Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan inspected the vaccine’s arrival at the airport.   Staff carried out stringent checks and inspections of the vaccine to ensure that it complies with the product specifications and that the transportation process follows the relevant cold-chain requirements.   As the vaccine has to be stored in a freezer at a temperature of -70 degrees Celsius, the Government has placed them in a designated storage facility.   The Government said it will open the online booking system next week for the public to make appointments to receive the Comirnaty vaccine. Detailed arrangements will be announced at a suitable time.    Noting that the Comirnaty vaccine has stringent requirements for cold-chain management and requires proper thawing procedures, the vaccine will be administered at community vaccination centres to ensure their quality and that the vaccination procedures adhere to requirements.   The seven centres operated by the Hospital Authority will open first while other centres will come into operation gradually, it added.   The first batch of the Comirnaty vaccine consists of one million doses. The remaining doses will be transported to Hong Kong in early March.   For information on COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination programme, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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