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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

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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