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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

Testing for ship services sector set

The Transport & Housing Bureau today said it will provide regular COVID-19 tests for frontline workers of the designated ship services sector from tomorrow.   The testing will be arranged for workers of companies providing services such as bunkering and reprovisioning of necessities to ocean-going vessels and/or river trade vessels.   The bureau explained that the testing is voluntary. Frontline workers who wish to participate are required to be registered for taking the test at specific time slots every 14 days at Hoi Kwai Road Public Transport Interchange in Tsuen Wan West.   Duty officers of the testing institution will collect the combined nasal and throat swab specimens from the participating workers for examination.   In case of a positive test result, the Centre for Health Protection, the bureau and the respective companies will be notified for further follow-up action.   The testing arrangement will last until July 31 tentatively.   Individual ship services operators may also continue with their ongoing arrangement for providing regular testing for their staff.   The bureau appealed to frontline workers of the designated ship services sector to actively participate in the regular testing arrangement with a view to safeguarding public health and minimising the risk of spreading the virus in the community.   Frontline workers are also encouraged to participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.
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