Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

1. Government maintains most of the social distancing measures under Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance

The global epidemic situation remains severe, and the prevailing Delta mutant strain is highly transmissible. Meanwhile, a downward trend is observed locally in both vaccination and booking for vaccination. The vaccination rate of the elderly is still relatively low. It's worrying that the elderly will be subject to extremely high risk of getting seriously ill and death if there is a fifth wave of epidemic. In this regard, the Government needs to maintain most of the existing social distancing measures.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/gene…/202108/31/P2021083100509.htm

2. Conditional free COVID-19 testing service continues to be provided for targeted groups

The Government will continue to require staff of targeted groups to receive vaccination as soon as possible, while at the same time strengthen the testing arrangements for staff who have yet to complete a vaccination course.

Free COVID-19 testing at community testing centres (CTCs) is provided only to individual eligible persons of targeted groups (mainly those who have yet to complete a COVID-19 vaccination course or are unfit for vaccination because of health reasons), and relevant persons must present valid medical certificates/vaccination records/documents of identity proof for receiving free tests. This requirement will be applicable to all targeted groups (including staff of catering businesses) starting from September. In other words, persons of targeted groups who are not unfit for vaccination because of health reasons will need to pay for the regular testing service.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/…/gene…/202108/31/P2021083100423.htm

3. Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records

The Government announced the acceptance of vaccination records issued by places including Indonesia, the Philippines and Turkey as recognised vaccination records for the purpose of Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group A specified places under the mechanism.

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Department of Health

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