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

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

1. Conditional free COVID-19 testing service continues for targeted groups

​​The Government is progressively arranging various types of working staff with higher risk of exposure to the virus to undergo more frequent regular virus testing as a strengthened measure to guard against the importation of cases and the resurgence of local infections. The arrangement is applicable to all full-time and part-time staff of relevant industries. As the Government no longer accepts deep throat saliva specimen for compulsory or regular testing, the testing of all targeted group persons (whether they have completed a vaccination course or not) must be done by using combined nasal and throat swabs.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202110/29/P2021102900750.htm

2. Government appeals to public to take note of opening hours of Community Vaccination Centres

​​Starting from November 1, the CVCs will operate from 10am to 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and will be closed on Wednesdays. On Saturdays and Sundays, the opening hours will be from 8am to 8pm. All CVCs will close between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on working days for cleaning.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202110/31/P2021102900294.htm

3. Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records

​​The Government will accept the vaccination records issued by Argentina and Armenia as recognised vaccination records for Hong Kong residents who have stayed in Group A specified places for boarding flights for Hong Kong. The relevant arrangements will take effect at 0.00am on November 3 (Wednesday).

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202111/01/P2021110100544.htm

4. Government announces comprehensive tightening of quarantine exemption arrangements

​​​The Government announced that quarantine exemption arrangements will be comprehensively tightened with effect from November 12. Monitoring on exempted persons will also be strengthened. The new measures to be implemented include:
(1) Cancellation of quarantine exemption arrangements for most of the exemption categories of persons upon their arrival in Hong Kong; and
(2) Requiring consular and diplomatic officers to be subject to self-isolation at designated quarantine hotels (DQHs) upon their arrival in Hong Kong. Home isolation is not allowed (except for consuls general or representatives in Hong Kong at equivalent/higher level).

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202111/01/P2021110100531.htm

5. 35th round of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homes to commence shortly

​​The Government announced that the 35th round of compulsory testing for staff members of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) and nursing homes would commence shortly.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202110/29/P2021102800525.htm

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Department of Health

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