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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

Sophia Chan visits vaccination centre

Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today visited the community vaccination centre at the Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre to view the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine to ethnic minority residents.   Noting that more than 60 ethnic minority residents joined the vaccination activity arranged by Lok Sin Tong today, Prof Chan said the participants will not only protect themselves and their family members, but also contribute to the epidemic prevention and control work in Hong Kong.   She also thanked the organisation for arranging the activity to assist the ethnic minority community to get vaccinated, so that they can fulfil their civic responsibility and help build an immune barrier for the city.   To enable ethnic minorities to receive the latest news and information on COVID-19 vaccines, the Government's designated website is available in different languages to introduce the vaccination programme, the vaccines' protection and essential facts.   The health chief emphasised that the Government has so far procured and authorised a total of 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use, which are sufficient for all Hong Kong people to receive vaccination.   As the global pandemic situation is still raging, especially with the threat posed by mutant strains, it is imperative for the public to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect their own health and that of their families and others, she added.   In early May, Prof Chan met presidents and representatives of various charities to discuss the latest progress of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme and exchange views.   She called on the charities to join the Government in promoting the Early Vaccination for All campaign and encourage their staff members and service users of subsidiaries to get vaccinated.
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