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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 centre to open in Causeway Bay

A satellite community vaccination centre will be set up on 7/F, Leighton Centre in Causeway Bay to provide the BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination service from next Friday, the Government announced.   Online reservations can be made starting from 9am next Tuesday. All eligible citizens can get their first, second or third dose of the BioNTech jab at the centre, but no same-day tickets will be distributed there.    The centre will operate daily from 8am to 8pm, and will be closed between 1.30pm and 2.30pm for cleaning.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said: “After the provision of outreach vaccination service at shopping malls, this is another new effort by the Government to establish a COVID-19 vaccination centre in a non-governmental venue in the Causeway Bay business district with a high flow of people and convenient transportation.   “We are most grateful to Hysan Development for providing the venue free of charge and joining the Government to promote COVID-19 vaccination and enhance the vaccination capacity in a short time so that more people can have vaccine protection as early as possible.”   Operated by the medical group of the community vaccination centre at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre, the Causeway Bay jab centre is retrofitted from a car park with a dedicated lift for direct access from the ground floor of Leighton Centre, the Government said.   To facilitate the public’s understanding of COVID-19 vaccines, the Government will set up a COVID-19 vaccination resource centre on UG/F of Leighton Centre from next Friday to provide relevant information including vaccination venues and the latest situation of COVID-19 vaccination in Hong Kong.   Meanwhile, the Government reiterated that the minimum age for receiving the Sinovac vaccine is five, while the minimum age for receiving the BioNTech jab will be lowered to five from February 16. Children aged five to 11 have to get their BioNTech jab at the three children community vaccination centres at Hong Kong Children’s Hospital, Yuen Chau Kok Sports Centre and Gleneagles Hospital.
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