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Fraudulent certificates deemed invalid

The Government announced today the COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificates issued by seven private doctors will not be accepted and will be deemed invalid from October 12.   According to the information provided by Police, the seven private doctors are involved in its arrest operations to date for allegedly abusing the issuance of medical exemption certificates. The legal proceedings are ongoing for some of those cases.   The Government pointed out that according to the eHealth records, the seven private doctors have issued in total over 20,000 medical exemption certificates which are still within the validity period, accounting for more than half of the medical exemption certificates that are still valid.   It has reasonable grounds to suspect that the private doctors concerned did not properly follow the Department of Health’s guidelines when issuing the medical exemption certificates.   In this regard, the Government will no longer accept the medical exemption ce

SMS test result discrepancy handled

The Hospital Authority today said it was notified by the COVID-19 test service vendor that some members of the public received the wrong specimen bottle number in the SMS messages concerning their test results.   As a result, these people could not log in to the government’s electronic testing record system to download their test results.   To tie in with the Centre for Health Protection’s Enhanced Laboratory Surveillance Programme, the authority contracted a test service vendor to arrange COVID-19 tests and provide the negative result notifications via SMS.           The authority said the incident was caused by a specimen bottle number discrepancy during the test result information handling process.   The 103 people who were affected returned their specimen bottles to general outpatient clinics on March 2. All the test results came back negative.   The vendor confirmed that neither personal data nor privacy was involved in the discrepancy and no test result was affected.        Upon receiving the notification yesterday, the authority requested the vendor to inform those affected and send an amendment SMS immediately.   It also tasked the vendor with reviewing the system and fixing the error.   The incident was reported to the Food & Health Bureau and the Department of Health.
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