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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

More jab stations commissioned

The Government announced that the COVID-19 vaccination stations set up in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Caritas Medical Centre and Prince of Wales Hospital came into operation today.   Together with the vaccination stations in Queen Mary Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Tuen Mun Hospital, which came into service last month, the number of vaccination stations increased to seven.   Patients visiting these hospitals for follow-up appointments and visitors can receive the BioNTech vaccine at the stations without prior booking.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip visited the vaccination station in Tuen Mun Hospital this morning to learn about its operation and listen to views from people who received the vaccination there.   In addition to noting that the Tuen Mun Hospital location is the most popular one in the first batch of stations that came into effect, Mr Nip shared that at its peak, it administers over 160 vaccine doses a day.   “As such, I would like to learn about their practical experience in person in order to better promote the services of the vaccination stations so that the services can meet the needs of the members of the public."   He pointed out that since the first batch of stations opened on September 29, they have overcome a number of difficulties.   “They have gone through the challenges related to the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal and tropical storms by making prompt responses within a short time under the co-ordination of the Central Command Centre at Central Government Offices.”   Mr Nip also attended a vaccination event for the elderly in Tuen Mun at Wu Shan Road Community Hall where participants could choose to receive the Sinovac vaccine from an outreach team on-site or take prearranged transport to get the BioNTech jab at the community vaccination centre at Yau Oi Sports Centre.   "For people who have yet to receive vaccination, in particular elderly persons, please grasp the opportunity to receive COVID-19 vaccines.   “Both COVID-19 vaccines available in Hong Kong are safe and highly effective in protecting against severe disease and death from COVID-19 infection,” he added.
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