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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

TAC briefed on walkability measures

The Transport Advisory Committee was briefed today on the progress of walkability enhancement measures in selected pilot areas and highlights of the overall walkability strategy for Hong Kong.   The Government has proposed a number of measures for fostering a pedestrian-friendly environment.   Such measures include setting up low speed limit zones and wayfinding signage, decluttering non-essential traffic signs and railings, levelling run-in/out points and installing raised crossings on bus routes.   The Government has also finalised the overall walkability strategy for Hong Kong with a view to developing it into a walkable city of world-class quality.   Committee Chairman Prof Stephen Cheung pointed out that the members support the Government in taking forward the walkability enhancement measures for citywide application.   Members also welcome the formulation of the overall walkability strategy for the city and support the Government to select suitable new development areas and built-up areas for implementing the comprehensive pedestrian planning framework, he added.   The operation of franchised buses was also discussed.   The committee noted that due to the substantial reduction in patronage and revenues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures, the operators of franchised buses are facing a challenging environment.
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