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Jab service expands to mall

The Government’s outreach team for the first time, set up a temporary vaccination area to provide a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination service at a shopping mall in Kwun Tong today.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip inspected its operation and presented prizes to winners of a lucky draw which was held to encourage the public to get vaccinated. He thanked the shopping mall for providing the venue and for joining the Government in promoting the vaccination campaign.   “This is the first time that our outreach service team has provided a COVID-19 vaccination walk-in service at a shopping mall to allow people who wanted to get vaccinated to do so immediately without prior booking.”   He noted that as the Government has started giving out consumption vouchers, citizens may use them at shopping centres.   “I hope that while they go shopping, they can also realise the importance and urgency of getting vaccinated,” he added.   Almost 300 people including shopping mall and offic

More in-person classes to be held

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government said it plans to allow schools to conduct more face-to-face classes on a half-day basis after the Lunar New Year holiday.   Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung made the announcement at a press conference this afternoon.   He noted the Education Bureau announced last month that primary and secondary schools were allowed to arrange for a small number of students to return for classes or examinations amid the suspension of face-to-face classes.   Such arrangements have been running smoothly, and no large COVID-19 outbreak has been detected at schools in the past month.   The Government will therefore examine allowing more face-to-face classes at schools on a half-day basis after the Lunar New Year holiday at around the end of February, Mr Yeung added.   He said: "For the resumption of face-to-face lessons, I have yet to work with the principals to work out the details. We are aiming to have some discussion within this week.   "Hopefully, we can make some announcements by the end of this week so that we will know the detailed arrangement of what classes will resume face-to-face lessons earlier, or if we can do a bit more than usual."
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