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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

Former COVID-19 patient jailed

A 63-year-old man was sentenced to immediate imprisonment for four months at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts today for violating the Prevention & Control of Disease Regulation.     He was earlier diagnosed with COVID-19 and admitted to a public hospital for treatment. He left the hospital without permission on December 18 last year and was located by Police two days later.   Under the regulation, a person shall not, knowing that he is a contact or is infected with a specified infectious disease, expose other people to the risk of infection by the person's presence or conduct in any public conveyance or any street, public place, place of entertainment or assembly, club or hotel or by carrying on any trade, business or occupation.   Offenders face a maximum fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for six months.   The Department of Health said public co-operation is the key to stop the spread of the disease in the community. Such irresponsible acts increase the risk of exposing other people to infection.   The Government severely condemns such acts and appeals to the public to adhere to the relevant regulations.
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