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Jab service expands to mall

The Government’s outreach team for the first time, set up a temporary vaccination area to provide a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination service at a shopping mall in Kwun Tong today.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip inspected its operation and presented prizes to winners of a lucky draw which was held to encourage the public to get vaccinated. He thanked the shopping mall for providing the venue and for joining the Government in promoting the vaccination campaign.   “This is the first time that our outreach service team has provided a COVID-19 vaccination walk-in service at a shopping mall to allow people who wanted to get vaccinated to do so immediately without prior booking.”   He noted that as the Government has started giving out consumption vouchers, citizens may use them at shopping centres.   “I hope that while they go shopping, they can also realise the importance and urgency of getting vaccinated,” he added.   Almost 300 people including shopping mall and offic

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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