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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

5.5m receive consumption vouchers

The Government today announced that it disbursed via the four stored value facility (SVF) operators the first $2,000 consumption voucher to about 5.5 million eligible people who had completed electronic registration by July 17.   Such people will successively receive SMS or mobile app push notifications concerning the Consumption Voucher Scheme’s disbursement.       Those who have completed electronic registration on or after July 18 and all who have submitted paper registration forms will receive the first $2,000 consumption voucher on September 1 after verification of eligibility.       For people who chose to collect the vouchers via AlipayHK, Tap & Go or WeChat Pay HK, the $2,000 vouchers have been directly injected into their specified SVF accounts.       Those who chose to collect the vouchers via Octopus cards may collect the $2,000 voucher by tapping the card at the Public Transport Fare Subsidy Scheme’s subsidy collection points at MTR stations, Light Rail Customer Service Centres, designated piers and public transport interchanges within three months from today.   They can also tap the card at designated convenience stores and supermarkets, Octopus Service Points or via Octopus app.   Registrants who have completed electronic registration on or before July 17 but have not yet received the SMS notifications on their registration results may enquire about their registration status using the hotline 18 5000.       The Government reminded eligible people who have not yet registered to submit registration by August 14.        People should also carefully protect their personal data when registering for the scheme and using the vouchers. The Government and its contractors will only communicate with the registrants by designated telephone numbers.          Visit the scheme website or call 18 5000 for enquiries.
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