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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

Vaccination notification system set

Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today said the Department of Health has launched a notification system for healthcare professionals to register their patients’ adverse events after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.   Prof Chan, together with Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip, visited the Community Vaccination Centre in the Central Library’s Exhibition Gallery to inspect the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme’s first-day operation this morning.   She explained that the programme’s participants will be observed at the vaccination centre for 30 minutes after getting the jabs.   “If there are any side effects or people feel unwell, healthcare professionals on site will take care of the situation.   “Normally, if you look at the product information, there are some very common side effects, for example, there is some pain at the injection site, or sometimes people will feel a bit tired. These are very common and transient, therefore they will go away very soon.”   If any of the participants feel unwell, they should consult their doctors, Prof Chan added.   “If there is anything that is of adverse event that healthcare professionals or doctors feel that it needs to be notified, we have already started a notification system by the Department of Health to register all the adverse events after vaccination.”   Prof Chan revealed that of the more than 500 people who have been vaccinated so far, no abnormal reaction reports have been received.   Additionally, Director of Health Dr Constance Chan and a number of the department’s service heads received their COVID-19 jabs at the vaccination centre this morning.   Prof Chan called on members of priority groups to get vaccinated early to protect themselves and others.
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