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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

Govt focused on seniors’ jabs

The Government will make every effort to facilitate the elderly to get COVID-19 jabs in the coming months, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said today.   Meeting the media after attending a radio programme, Mr Nip explained the Government’s latest vaccination strategy.   “Our focus in the coming months is to boost up the vaccination rate for the elderly because they are the vulnerable group that we have to protect, and to build a strong protective shield in the community.   “We will try every possible channel to facilitate the elderly to get the jabs including arranging outreach service at shopping malls, in housing estates, or arranging talks, medical consultation and vaccination service on site in different districts.”   Mr Nip pointed out that apart from easy booking, the elderly can receive walk-in jabs at community vaccination centres via same-day tickets.   He said whether to expand the coverage of the ticket arrangement, currently open to five groups including seniors, will depend on the centres’ capacity and other factors.   “If possible, we will of course consider expanding the coverage of the same-day tickets to facilitate more people including the elderly to get the jabs easily.”
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