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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

Land exchange approved

The Chief Executive in Council has given approval to the proposed non-in-situ land exchange in Sha Lo Tung (SLT) for long-term conservation, making available over 50 hectares.   SLT ranks second among the 12 priority sites requiring enhanced conservation under the New Nature Conservation Policy, behind only the internationally important wetlands in Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay.   For its long-term conservation, the Chief Executive in Council gave in-principle agreement in 2017 to grant a piece of land at the Shuen Wan Restored Landfill in Tai Po to the Sha Lo Tung Development Company for developing a private golf course in exchange for its surrender of the ecologically important private land in SLT to the Government.   The conditions for the land exchange include the payment of a land premium assessed at full market value and the provision of at least 20% of tee-times of the proposed private golf course for public use.   After about three years of negotiation, the Government has largely reached a consensus with the development company on the basic terms and conditions to be incorporated into the proposed non-in-situ land exchange.   The land title checking for the private lots to be surrendered by the company under the established procedures is close to completion. The company completed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in 2019 for the proposed development of a private golf course at the aforesaid restored landfill in accordance with the EIA Ordinance and was issued an environmental permit.   The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department or a non-governmental organisation engaged by it will be responsible for the long-term management and conservation of the SLT habitats.   The department will formulate a conservation and management plan for this purpose. It will set up facilities where necessary to facilitate the public’s appreciation and enjoyment of the area's ecology and environment.   Public education activities will be organised to give visitors a better understanding of the biodiversity and cultural heritage there, and raise public awareness of its conservation.   The Government said the proposed non-in-situ land exchange is an exceptional case, noting that the arrangement was made under the consideration of the combination of special circumstances in SLT.   They include the high ecological value of the land and its much needed conservation, the ownership of the private land in SLT largely unified under one entity, the lack of ecologically less sensitive land there for appropriate development by the development company, and the availability of a restored landfill site for a golf course in Tai Po for the non-in-situ land exchange.   The Government will follow up with the Sha Lo Tung Development Company on the latter phase of the land exchange for its implementation.
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