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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

Contactless payment subsidy to open

The subsidy scheme for promoting contactless payment in markets of the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department and the Housing Authority as well as for licensed hawkers will open for applications on April 30.   The Government announced earlier that it will launch the second round of the subsidy scheme in public markets under the Anti-epidemic Fund and extend the scope to cover licensed hawkers.   The scheme, which aims to reduce the virus transmission risk in markets, will provide a one-off subsidy at a flat rate of $5,000 to eligible market stall tenants under the department and the authority, as well as licensed hawkers.   The subsidy will be used to meet initial set-up costs as well as service and other fees related to the provision of at least one contactless payment means, which would be processed through a licensed bank or a stored value facility licensee regulated by the Monetary Authority, or a debit or credit card scheme, for customers.   With an application deadline of June 30, the scheme is expected to benefit about 9,000 of the department’s stall tenants, 1,100 of the authority’s tenants, and 5,700 licensed hawkers.   Tenants and licensed hawkers are required to submit an application to the department or the authority and obtain approval in principle before signing a contract with a service provider. They also need to produce a valid service contract with a duration of no less than two years.   The department and authority will conduct inspections to ensure completion of installation before disbursing the subsidy.   Application forms can be obtained from the department's District Environmental Hygiene Offices, while the authority will issue a letter to stall tenants to invite them to join the scheme.
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