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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

2.05m vaccine jabs administered

About 2,050,300 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,213,100 people receiving their first dose and about 837,100 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 521,900 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 691,200 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 383,600 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 453,600 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 4,000 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 4,700 people received their second dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.    For the BioNTech vaccine, about 6,600 people received their first dose at community vaccination centres (CVCs) and about 8,200 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs is about 96%, while for the BioNTech one it is about 97%.   As of 8pm, about 4,400 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 8,500 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, seven people were sent to hospitals.
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