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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

Govt strives for zero virus cases

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said the Government’s goal of setting up restricted areas for mandatory COVID-19 testing is to achieve zero infections in the community.   Mrs Lam made the statement while responding to media enquiries ahead of this morning's Executive Council meeting.   She explained that many preventive measures have been implemented to halt further transmission of the virus in the city.   “In terms of public health, a lot of the work done is preventive. In fact, to have zero transmission, zero infection is the best ever public health achievement that could be made by every authority.   “So the purpose of doing compulsory tests and doing this restriction-testing declaration, of course, is with that objective in mind, that we want to achieve zero cases for the whole community - it is not just for one building or one district.”   Mrs Lam also pointed out that restricted areas for mandatory testing have been set up based on a number of factors and such operations will persist because they are effective.   “So we will continue to do this type of compulsory testing in order to identify any remaining silent transmission cases in the community. This is something that we’ll continue to do.   “But as I have explained, we are choosing these areas or buildings for this restriction-testing declaration based on a series of factors. It is not an ad hoc or arbitrary decision as such. The number of confirmed cases in that building or district is only one of the factors.”
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