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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

16 COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 16 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 13 are locally transmitted and three are imported.   Among the local cases, four have unknown sources of infection.   One of the unlinked cases involves a 66-year-old postnatal care helper who last went to work on February 11. She developed sore throat, cough, runny nose and diarrhoea on February 19. She tested positive for the virus after she went to a mobile specimen collection station for testing the next day.   The second case involves a 76-year-old retired man. He developed sore throat and shortness of breath on February 5. He went to a mobile specimen collection station for testing on February 20 and tested positive.   The third case involves a 41-year-old man who developed sore throat, cough, runny nose and headache on February 17. He attended a private practitioner the same day.   His deep throat saliva sample, submitted to a general outpatient clinic the next day, tested positive. He is a computer officer and last attended work on February 11.   The remaining unlinked case involves a 62-year-old retired man who developed runny nose on February 19. He went to a mobile specimen collection station for testing the same day and tested positive.    A total of 233 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, including 192 local cases of which 76 are from unknown sources.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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