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FS paves way to green, digital future

A number of initiatives and measures aimed at accelerating high-quality development were announced in today’s 2024-25 Budget, with the Government emphasising a move towards a green future and digitalisation.   Explaining that high-quality development spurs ongoing economic innovation and growth whilst conserving the natural environment, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong must pursue opportunities through leveraging its advantages under “one country, two systems”, namely those of enjoying strong support at a national level and being closely connected to other parts of the world.   He stressed that green development involves huge business opportunities and financing needs, as governments and businesses around the world pursue carbon neutrality and green transformation. In addition, he said digitalisation has become a new driving force for economic development, empowering enterprises to enhance efficiency, boost their competitiveness and achieve new growth.   Introdu

Jab service provided to elderly

The Government's outreach vaccination team today provided jab services to the elderly at Cheung Sha Wan Sports Centre in a vaccination event organised by a group in Sham Shui Po.   There were 210 seniors from Sham Shui Po who joined the event to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines. Voluntary healthcare workers were on the spot to answer questions from them.   The Government's outreach vaccination team provided vaccination service to the elderly who opted for the Sinovac vaccine at a temporary vaccination area specially set up at the sports centre.   Those who chose the BioNTech vaccine were taken by pre-arranged transport to a nearby community vaccination centre (CVC) for vaccination.   Attending the event, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said this is the first time that the outreach service team has participated in a trial of this type of one-stop arrangement.   He said the talks, question and answer sessions and vaccination service not only enhanced the elderly’s understanding of the vaccines and eased their concerns, but also enabled them to get vaccinated.   He said he is grateful to the organiser and the district organisations as they care about the health of the elderly. He hopes that groups will organise activities to encourage and help elderly persons to get vaccinated.   Mr Nip pointed out that the elderly are the group of people who have the highest risks of complications and death from COVID-19.   Experts recommend that all the senior citizens who have previously received influenza vaccines can safely receive COVID-19 vaccines. If the elderly have chronic diseases, they should get vaccinated as soon as possible for protection when their condition is stable, he added.   Currently, people aged 70 or above can get same-day tickets at more than 20 CVCs to receive vaccination. This arrangement will be extended to people aged 60 or above shortly.
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