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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

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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