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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

Hospital virus case explained

The Hospital Authority today said a United Christian Hospital nurse needs to undergo quarantine as she did not wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) while assisting in collecting a COVID-19 patient's specimen.   The authority noted that a 27-year-old man was admitted to the hospital's accident and emergency department (AED) yesterday due to a fever. He was arranged to undergo an admission screening COVID-19 test and the result was positive.   The patient was transferred to the isolation ward and his condition is stable.   The hospital's infection control team conducted contact tracing and no patient was identified as a close contact.   A nurse who did not put on full PPE while assisting in nasopharyngeal swab specimen collection for the patient for a short period was classified as a close contact and will be put under quarantine.   The authority reminded all healthcare workers to wear full PPE when performing high-risk medical procedures.   It has also arranged thorough cleaning and disinfection for the hospital's AED areas.
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