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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

1m people get 1st COVID-19 jab

The number of people who have received their first vaccine dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has exceeded one million, the Government announced today.   The figure accounts for around 15% of the population aged 16 or above and eligible to get vaccinated through the programme.   About 1,593,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,005,400 people receiving their first dose and about 588,100 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 457,800 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 547,700 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 327,700 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 260,500 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 5,600 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 2,600 people received the jab at community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 3,000 people were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 2,900 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 1,800 people vaccinated at CVCs and about 1,100 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 10,000 people received their first dose at CVCs and about 12,200 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs is 96%, while it is 97% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 3,800 people had booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 12,500 had reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, nine people were sent to hospitals.
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