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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

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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