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

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

1. Government relaxes certain social distancing measures
In view of the latest epidemic development and the need to contain relevant risks, the Government announced the relaxation of certain social distancing measures with effect from October 6.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/30/P2022093000818.htm

2. Government announces lifting of compulsory quarantine requirement on arrival at Hong Kong

The Government announced the lifting of compulsory quarantine requirement for inbound persons from overseas places or Taiwan starting from September 26, after analysing scientific data and striking a balance among factors such as transmission risks. The arrangement for inbound persons from the Mainland or Macao are rationalised at the same time. The Government's goal is to minimise the inconvenience faced by inbound travellers due to quarantine requirements and allow room for Hong Kong to connect with the world as far as possible, while being able to contain the epidemic development.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/24/P2022092400048.htm

3. Latest inbound control arrangement for foreign domestic helpers
The Labour Department (LD) reminded foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) and employers that the Government adjust the inbound control arrangement for overseas inbound persons with effect from September 26.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/24/P2022092400139.htm

4. New arrangement of Vaccine Pass commences
The Government reminded members of the public that starting from September 30, the applicable age of the Vaccine Pass are lowered to 5 and persons aged 12 or above are required to receive the third dose within five months after receiving the second dose. Members of the public should get vaccinated with no delay to comply with the vaccination requirements under the Vaccine Pass. A new function has been added to the "LeaveHomeSafe" (LHS) mobile application to allow members of the public to store at the same time their own Vaccine Pass and that of their accompanied persons (including children aged 15 or below, elderly aged 65 or above, or persons with disabilities, who are exempted from using the LHS mobile application).
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/27/P2022092700562.htm

5. Booking arrangements for receiving both COVID-19 and influenza vaccination for Hong Kong residents aged 50 or above at Community Vaccination Centres
The Government announced that Community Vaccination Centres (CVCs) in various districts will offer free seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) to Hong Kong residents aged 50 or above when they are there for COVID-19 vaccination starting from October 6. Eligible persons may make reservations from September 29.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/28/P2022092800613.htm

6. Four COVID-19 vaccination stations commence operation
The Secretary for the Civil Service, Mrs Ingrid Yeung, said after a visit to the Lai Chi Kok Park Community Vaccination Station (CVS) that the CVS is well prepared for administering the Sinovac vaccine for members of the public starting from September 30. In addition, three Private Clinic COVID-19 Vaccination Stations located at Chi Lok Fa Yuen in Tuen Mun, Kornhill Plaza Office Tower in Quarry Bay and Ice House Street in Central have also come into operation.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/29/P2022092900294.htm

7. Government announces follow-up arrangements for suspected abuse in the issuance of Medical Exemption Certificates
Regarding individual private doctors suspected to have failed to provide proper medical consultation to patients in accordance with the guidelines of the Department of Health (DH) and abused the issuance of COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificates, the Government announced that all Medical Exemption Certificates issued by the private doctors concerned will not be accepted and will be invalidated from October 12 onwards. Members of the public who hold a Medical Exemption Certificate issued by the private doctors concerned may consult other doctors depending on their needs to determine whether they are suitable for receiving COVID-19 vaccination, or may continue to be medically exempted.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/27/P2022092700632.htm

8. Health Bureau's response on follow-up arrangements for suspected abuse in issuance of Medical Exemption Certificates
Regarding media enquiries on how individuals who hold a COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificate (Exemption Certificate) issued by a doctor suspected to have abused the issuance of Exemption Certificates can continue to obtain the relevant exemption, the Health Bureau gave a response.
For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/29/P2022092900779.htm

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