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2 jab centres to provide BioNTech

The public can make reservations from tomorrow to receive free BioNTech jabs at the community vaccination centres (CVCs) at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre and Boundary Street Sports Centre, the Government announced today.   The two CVCs will provide vaccination services from January 26, bringing the number of such centres to 14.   The Government said there are also more vaccination booths or staff members at vaccination venues. The current vaccination capacity has increased by 77% from the beginning of the month, reaching 1.77 million doses a month or nearly 60,000 doses a day.   Separately, all CVCs will be closed during the Lunar New Year from January 31 to February 2.   Except for the two CVCs at private hospitals which will be closed for one more day, CVCs will provide normal services on the third day of the Lunar New Year on February 3.   Apart from going to the CVCs, eligible people can also receive free COVID-19 vaccination through 25 Hospital Authority genera

Solar energy scheme opens

The Solar Harvest - Solar Energy Support Scheme for Schools & Welfare Non-Governmental Organisations opened for a new round of applications today.   The scheme aims to promote the development of local renewable energy.   It provides non-government and non-profit-making schools, as well as welfare non-governmental organisations (NGOs) receiving recurrent subvention from the Social Welfare Department, with a one-stop service to install solar energy generation systems at their premises free of charge.   It also assists participating schools and organisations in joining the Feed-in Tariff Scheme of the two power companies.   Plus, the schools can integrate the solar energy generation system into teaching to enhance students' environmental awareness and interest in science.   The Government said the scheme has received an enthusiastic response since its launch in 2019. As at December 2020, the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) had received more than 350 applications, with more than 90% from schools.   The EMSD has also installed solar energy generation systems at more than 110 schools and welfare NGOs. It is estimated that this batch of systems can generate more than 880,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, equivalent to the monthly electricity consumption of about 3,200 families.   The deadline for applications is July 30. Applications submitted on or before April 30 will be given priority, such that works may commence in July 2021 at the earliest.   Click here for information.
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