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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

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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