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

1. Arrangements for children aged 5 to 11 to receive COVID-19 vaccines

​​The Government announced that children aged 5 to 11 can receive the Sinovac vaccine from January 21 with reservation service starting from 8am, while the reservation for BioNTech vaccination will start on February 9 and the vaccination service will commence on February 16.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/20/P2022012000714.htm

2. Government announces medical exemption arrangement under "vaccine pass"

​​The Government announced the arrangement for obtaining the COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificate by members of the public under the arrangement of the "vaccine pass".
Under the current arrangement of the "vaccine bubble", staff members of certain premises are required to receive COVID-19 vaccination, or undergo regular tests if they have been assessed by a doctor as being medically unsuitable for vaccination. The Chief Executive announced that in view of the expansion of the "vaccine bubble" to cover the majority of premises used by the public, the measure will be renamed as the "vaccine pass" to indicate that only those vaccinated may access the premises. The "vaccine pass" under planning requires those entering certain premises to have received COVID-19 vaccination. Only under the following two circumstances can one be exempted from the vaccination requirement: (1) an individual is ineligible for vaccination due to age; or (2) an individual is unsuitable for vaccination due to health reasons with relevant proof from a doctor.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/27/P2022012700615.htm

3. New functions added to "LeaveHomeSafe" for easy display of vaccination QR codes

​​The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) announced that the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app version 3.0.2 is now available for update. To prepare for the future expansion of the "vaccine pass", the process of displaying the QR codes for COVID-19 vaccination records (electronic vaccination records) has been streamlined. The new version also supports the saving of the QR codes for COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificates. Upon successful scanning of the "LeaveHomeSafe" venue QR codes, the app will automatically show users' QR codes of electronic vaccination records or Exemption Certificates stored in their mobile phones to assist venue operators in checking whether users have complied with relevant vaccination requirements.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/27/P2022012700615.htm

4. Government adjusts boarding, quarantine and testing arrangements for inbound travellers and extends arrangement of place-specific flight suspension mechanism

​​The Government announces that from February 5, the compulsory quarantine period for inbound travellers from overseas places will be adjusted to 14 days in designated quarantine hotels (DQHs), to be followed by a seven-day self-monitoring period. Meanwhile, the place-specific flight suspension mechanism for Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States of America will be extended for 14 days to February 18.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/27/P2022012700853.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.
· Turks and Caicos Islands from 0.00am on January 25
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/22/P2022012200413.htm

6. Additional designated quarantine facilities for quarantine of foreign domestic helpers

​​The Labour Department (LD) announced that O'Hotel and iclub Ma Tau Wai Hotel will, starting from February 6 and March 1 respectively, be added as designated quarantine facilities (DQFs) providing an additional 491 rooms in total for quarantine of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) coming to work in Hong Kong. The total number of rooms of DQFs will be increased to 2 779. As for the Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Sha Tin, which currently provides 500 rooms for quarantine of FDHs, the number of rooms provided will remain unchanged but the fee will be adjusted starting from March 8.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/27/P2022012700203.htm

7. Government implements enhanced measures for vaccination of residents of RCHEs and RCHDs

​​With the rampant COVID-19 epidemic situation still raging and the faster and more extensive spread of the virus as a result of the mutant strains, and the fact that so far only about 26 per cent of the residents at the residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs) and the residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) having received vaccination despite various government vaccination programmes for these residents thus far, the Government announced that enhanced measures will be implemented.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/27/P2022012700744.htm

8. 47th round of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homes to commence shortly

The Government announced that the 47th 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 will commence shortly.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202201/21/P2022012000575.htm

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Department of Health
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