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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

Tuen Mun centre for minorities opens

The Home Affairs Department announced that a new support service centre for ethnic minorities in Tuen Mun commenced operation today.   The department explained that the ONE Support Service Centre for Ethnic Minorities, operating under its funding grant, will provide a wide range of support services for ethnic minorities to enable their early integration into the community.    Such services include Cantonese and English language classes, after-school tutorial classes, dedicated programmes for ethnic minority youths, orientation and familiarisation programmes for newly arrived ethnic minorities, as well as integration activities, counselling and referral services.   The centre will also provide other services to help ethnic minorities in accessing public services, including Internet access and distribution of multilingual service guidebooks and leaflets on services provided by the Government and non-profit-making organisations.   The centre is located on the first floor of Esplanade Place at 101 Yip Wong Road and has a floor area of about 415 sq m. Except for public holidays, the centre operates six days a week from 9am to 9pm and closes on Tuesdays.   The new Tuen Mun centre will be jointly operated by the Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service and the New Home Association.   The SHINE Support Service Centre for Ethnic Minorities in Tuen Mun ceased operation today.
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