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The fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for some time. To our great relief, the number of local confirmed cases has remained at low levels in recent days. The Government's multi-pronged strategy of continuously enhancing our anti-epidemic measures and preventing the importation of cases has proven effective.   Apart from keeping social distancing measures in place and mounting an extensive promotion of testing, we have specifically strengthened the manpower in contact tracing as this is a particularly crucial measure in cutting the chains of viral transmission.   The Department of Health's Contact Tracing Office has redoubled its efforts in speeding up the process of identifying close contacts. Their sterling efforts in contact tracing in the gym cluster last month have significantly helped in suppressing rebounds within a number of days. This was a remarkable success.   For this, I must thank all those who have helped, including some 200 colleagues seconded f

CE inspects vaccination centre

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today inspected the official launch of the Comirnaty vaccine being administered to people in the priority groups at the community vaccination centre (CVC) at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre.   She was accompanied by Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip and Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan, who are responsible for co-ordinating the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.   The centre is one of the seven operated by the Hospital Authority (HA). Mrs Lam was pleased to note that it had been operating smoothly and thanked the healthcare personnel and staff working there for helping the Government vaccinate the public.   The Chief Executive also chatted to people who were getting vaccinated and received a positive response to the centre’s arrangements.   The vaccination programme was officially launched on February 26 and more than 110,000 people have received their first vaccination dose so far.   At this stage, people in the 12 priority groups can get vaccinated at 15 CVCs, the HA's 18 general outpatient clinics and private doctor clinics. An additional 12 CVCs will begin operation on March 16 to provide more quotas.   Mrs Lam reaffirmed that the two COVID-19 vaccines currently provided to the public were assessed by experts and approved by the Secretary for Food & Health in accordance with the law for emergency use in Hong Kong, adding that they are safe and effective.   She noted that the Government has also set up a monitoring mechanism, under which experts would review clinical events and explain them to the public at the earliest opportunity.   The Chief Executive again appealed to those in the priority groups to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
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