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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

1.77m vaccine doses given

About 1,776,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,087,200 people receiving their first dose and about 689,300 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 481,800 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 605,400 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 344,600 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 344,700 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 4,900 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 2,300 people received the jab at community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 2,600 people were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 3,100 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 1,500 vaccinated at CVCs and about 1,600 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 10,800 people received their first dose at CVCs and about 16,000 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs is 94%, and that for the BioNTech one is 97%.   As of 8pm, about 2,900 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 9,100 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, seven people were sent to hospitals.

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