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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

RAT kit distribution continues

The distribution of free rapid antigen test (RAT) kits to the elderly will be extended till the end of June, the Government announced today.   Around 6 million RAT kits have been distributed by the Government to people aged 60 or above through various elderly service units since the distribution arrangement was launched in mid-April.   The Government explained that in light of the gradual relaxation of social distancing measures and the increase in social activities, it decided to extend the distribution of the free RAT kits till end-June to encourage seniors to undergo voluntary testing from time to time and monitor their health condition.        People aged 60 or above may collect the RAT kits in person at the designated service units. They should bring along their identification documents, Senior Citizen Card or JoyYou Card for verification purposes.   Only five sets of RAT kits can be provided each time. Recipients should not collect the kits on behalf of other people or collect them repeatedly on the same day. As the supply of RAT kits is sufficient, there is no need for the recipients to stockpile the supplies.   Meanwhile, the Day Care Centres or Units for the Elderly, Integrated Home Care Services Teams, Enhanced Home & Community Care Services Teams and Recognised Service Providers of the Pilot Scheme on Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly subsidised by the Social Welfare Department will continue to provide free RAT kits to service users.
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