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Cash allowance scheme set

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government will launch a three-year Cash Allowance Trial Scheme in late June to alleviate the livelihood difficulties faced by grassroots families who have been waiting for public rental housing for a long time.   At a press conference this afternoon, Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Housing)/Director of Housing Agnes Wong said the cash allowance is not a rent subsidy and the recipients are not required to use it to pay for rent.   “This is purely to relieve their financial pressure while waiting for public rental housing.      “We aim to send out around 90,000 application forms to the eligible applicants by the end of this month. We urge them to complete the form and return it to us as soon as possible.”   The cash allowance amount is determined by the number of people in a public rental housing application who meet all eligibility criteria.   Along with other criteria

1.56m vaccine doses given

About 1,562,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 989,700 people receiving their first dose and about 573,000 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 452,100 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 537,600 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 324,800 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 248,200 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 6,300 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 2,800 people received the jab at community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 3,500 people were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 2,200 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 1,700 people vaccinated at CVCs and about 500 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 11,500 people received their first dose at CVCs and about 13,100 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs is 95%, while it is 97% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 4,000 people had booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 14,700 had reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, eight people were sent to hospitals.  
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