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

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

1. Government urges citizens to continue taking anti-epidemic measures vigilantly
The Government strongly urged citizens to stay on guard and continue taking anti-epidemic measures vigilantly. While the fifth wave of the epidemic has been substantially contained with daily new cases drastically decreased from tens of thousands during the peak in early March to several hundreds in recent days, a Government spokesman reminded citizens not to overlook the risk of epidemic rebound following the gradual resumption of social and economic activities.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/05/P2022060500262.htm

2. Home Vaccination Call Centre to receive enquiries from Monday to Friday
The Government appeals to elderly persons aged 70 or above or persons with impaired mobility due to illness or physical disability who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine before to seize the opportunity to register for the free door-to-door vaccination service via the Home Vaccination Service website (https://eform.cefs.gov.hk/form/homevaccine/en/) or the enquiry hotline (Tel: 5688 5234) as soon as possible. Starting from June 13, the Home Vaccination Call Centre will operate from 9am to 8pm from Monday to Friday.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202205/29/P2022052900331.htm

3. Government updates list of places of recognised vaccination records
The Government announced that it has concluded discussions with the Government of Saudi Arabia to accept vaccination records issued by Saudi Arabia as recognised vaccination records for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have stayed in overseas places. The relevant arrangements take effect at 0.00am on June 8.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/06/P2022060600632.htm

4. Government explains isolation and quarantine arrangement for COVID-19 cases and close contacts involving sub-lineages of Omicron mutant strain
In response to media enquiries, a Government spokesman said that Hong Kong has all along been implementing a five-tier arrangement for isolation of local cases tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and where appropriate quarantine of their close contacts at home or designated facilities since the fifth wave epidemic that started in end 2021. The objective is to reduce disease transmission, death and severe infection in local community. There has been no change to the quarantine and isolation arrangements for local cases since the peak of the fifth wave.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/01/P2022060100846.htm

5. Declaring false COVID-19 testing records will be prosecuted
The Government has noticed that, among the recent cases reported through the "Declaration System for individuals tested positive for COVID-19 using Rapid Antigen Test", the proportion of negative results detected upon nucleic acid test is significantly higher than the general false-negative rate of rapid antigen tests and as compared with past trends. After investigation, the Government suspected that individual members of the public may have reported dated or false information in order to receive the recovery record QR code for meeting the Vaccine Pass requirement. The relevant cases have been referred to the Police for follow-up. A Government spokesman stressed that the act is an offence in law and an irresponsible action that would have major impact on the fight against the epidemic. The Government will deal with these cases in a serious manner.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202206/02/P2022060200714.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

Department of Health

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