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

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

1. Advance reservations for vaccination at two newly added Community Vaccination Centres starts

​​Starting from January 14, members of the public can make reservations to receive free BioNTech vaccination at the Community Vaccination Centres (CVCs) located at the Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre and Kowloon Bay Sports Centre.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/12/P2022011200288.htm

2. COVID-19 vaccination walk-in service of DH's Elderly Health Centres to expand

​​The Department of Health (DH) announced that 12 Elderly Health Centres (EHCs) expand their COVID-19 vaccination service to provide walk-in vaccination with the CoronaVac vaccine for all persons aged 65 or above starting January 13, in order to further encourage and facilitate the elderly in receiving COVID-19 vaccination. Together with the three EHCs providing such service, a total of 15 EHCs of the DH provide walk-in vaccination for the elderly. In addition, the DH also extends the daily vaccination hours and offer an additional time slot on Saturday morning.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/12/P2022011200567.htm

3. Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines convenes meeting to conduct continuous benefit-risk analysis of authorised COVID-19 vaccines

​​Having reviewed the relevant efficacy and safety data published, the Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines (Advisory Panel) suggested allowing children aged 5 to 11 to receive a fractional dose (i.e. one-third of a dose) of the Comirnaty vaccine for adults for "off-label use" and to make reference to the recommendations of relevant scientific committees for implementing the vaccination programme.
In addition, after reviewing all the latest clinical and safety data related to the Comirnaty and Sinovac vaccines, the Advisory Panel still considered that the benefits of the two vaccines outweighed the risks, and that there was no need to recommend changes regarding the use of the two vaccines.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/12/P2022011200679.htm

4. DH calls on community including ethnic minorities to fight Omicron variant threat together

​​In response to the recent worsening of the local COVID-19 epidemic situation, with local infection cases also involving several foreign domestic helpers, the Department of Health (DH) appealed again to all sectors of the community, including ethnic minorities (EMs), to continue to work with the Government on its enhanced prevention and control work. To fight the Omicron variant threat together, the Government called on the public to closely pay heed to and follow the Government's prevention and control measures, testing arrangements, and to observe good personal hygiene and receive COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/12/P2022011200617.htm

5. Government tightens boarding and quarantine requirements for places with Omicron cases detected

​​​​In view of the latest global developments of the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the places listed below will be specified as Group A specified places to tighten the boarding and quarantine requirements for relevant inbound travellers.
· Azerbaijan from 0.00am on January 14
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/11/P2022011100450.htm
· Kyrgyzstan from 0.00am on January 16
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/13/P2022011300434.htm

6. Ten service points available in Tuen Mun to facilitate voluntary testing

In view of suspected silent transmission chains in Tuen Mun district, the Government urges residents and those working in Tuen Mun who are exposed to infection risks to undergo testing as soon as possible. The Government has already extended the opening hours of the community testing centre (CTC) at Siu Lun Community Hall in Tuen Mun to 10pm starting from January 11. Eight additional mobile specimen collection stations are also be set up in the district on January 12 to enhance testing service there.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/11/P2022011100819.htm

7. Additional mobile specimen collection station set up at Siu Lun Sports Ground

The Government announced the setting up of an additional mobile specimen collection station at Siu Lun Sports Ground. The location is close to the community testing centre (CTC) at Siu Lun Community Hall in Tuen Mun, with a view to diverting people at the CTC and facilitating the testing of residents and workers of Tuen Mun district.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/13/P2022011300491.htm

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Department of Health
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