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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

2 vaccination cases reported

The Department of Health said as of 4pm today, in the past 24 hours, it received two reports from the Hospital Authority of deaths with suspected serious adverse events with history of COVID-19 vaccination within 14 days.   One of the cases involved a 58-year-old woman who complained of chest pain and shortness of breath on May 7 and attended a hospital for treatment. Hospital examination revealed she had aortic dissection and she passed away this morning.   The woman received a dose of the BioNTech vaccine at a community vaccination centre on May 1 and there was no record that she complained of feeling unwell during observation there.   The other case involved a 61-year-old man who was found collapsed at his workplace on the night of May 7 and was admitted to a hospital. Hospital examination revealed he had ventricular fibrillation and he passed away that night.   The man received a dose of the BioNTech vaccine at a community vaccination centre on May 5 and there was no record that he complained of feeling unwell during observation there.   The department said that it has contacted the authority to obtain further information on the two cases to facilitate a causality assessment.   So far, there is no clinical evidence indicating that the events were caused by the vaccine. The department will pass the cases to the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation to conduct a causality assessment.   As of May 2, a total of 2,402 reports of adverse events following immunisation were received, which is 0.16% of the doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Hong Kong.   A total of 16 death reports with vaccination history within 14 days were received in the same period. The expert committee concluded that four cases had no causal relationship with COVID-19 vaccination, and the rest were preliminarily considered not to be associated with vaccination.

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