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Vaccine priority groups expanded

The Government today expanded the scope of priority groups to cover seven categories of people who have greater risk of exposure to COVID-19 and risk of infection.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip told reporters the move was made given the fact that the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been running smoothly since its launch on February 26 and taking into account the supply of vaccines and the programme’s progress.   The seven categories of people include staff of premises that serve food and beverages, markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, couriers and takeaway delivery including food delivery.   It also comprise staff of local public transport service operators, registered construction workers and property management such as security guards and cleaning and security personnel.   The remaining categories include teachers and school staff, employees in the tourism industry and staff of scheduled premises under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirem

Officials visit govt offices

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip and Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Christopher Hui today visited the Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices.   They learnt about the operation of a temporary testing station set up for staff working at the building as well as the resumption of more public services by government departments.   Currently, 15 departments have set up offices at the building, providing public services such as health, district affairs enquiry, registration of persons and death and vehicle licensing services.   The Government Property Agency set up a temporary testing station at the building from today to February 2 (except the weekend) to provide a free virus testing service for staff members who work there, after two government staff at the building tested positive for COVID-19.    Mr Nip and Mr Hui inspected the station’s first-day of operation, including the testing service workflow and the infection control and social distancing measures put in place. They also took a virus test on site.   Both officials noted that early testing can safeguard staff safety and health and help clear any doubts of people visiting the premises for public services. They appealed to all colleagues working at the building to join the free testing plan.   Starting today, government departments resume the provision of some basic public services, in addition to emergency services and essential public services. Mr Nip and Mr Hui said they were pleased to learn that the service resumption was generally smooth on the first day.  
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