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Welfare cases dip 0.2%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped by 459 cases to 199,941 in January, down 0.2% from December last year, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   The total number of recipients was 273,349.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month reduction of 0.8% to 1,568. Unemployment cases fell 0.6% to 17,075.   Single parent cases dropped 0.5% to 20,385. Old age cases dipped 0.3% to 112,032.   Meanwhile, ill-health cases increased 0.3% to 27,817, and permanent disability cases remained steady at 17,164. http://dlvr.it/T32R7Z

Vaccination bookings reopen Mar 1

The online booking for the Sinovac vaccine will commence again at 9am on March 1, while that of the Comirnaty vaccine will open by the middle of this week.   The Government made the statement today in response to media enquiries on the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.   It said members of the public can make reservations to get vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine at the eight community vaccination centres and the Hospital Authority’s 18 general out-patient clinics for the period until March 28.   For the Comirnaty vaccine, online booking for vaccination will open by the middle of this week. Detailed arrangements will be announced shortly.
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