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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

3 COVID-19 cases reported

 (To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating three additional COVID-19 cases, one of which is locally transmitted with an unknown source of infection.   The unlinked case involves a four-year-old boy who has two residences that are located at Yee King Building in Ho Man Tin and Block 13 of Pak Tin Estate in Shek Kip Mei.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan noted that the source of the boy's infection is under investigation.   "For the COVID-19 case of the four-year-old boy, the possible route of transmission is limited to his activities.   "He mainly stayed with his relatives in two places, so all of them will be put under quarantine and tested.   "And also, he attended a kindergarten in Ho Man Tin. Those who were in the same class as this child, and also teachers who had taught him, will be put under quarantine and tested.   "So hopefully we can find the possible source of infection for this case."   Dr Chuang added that special arrangements will be made for the children subject to quarantine.   "Because the close contacts in the same class are all very young, we will allow caretakers - usually the parents - to accompany the children to go to the designated quarantine hotel.   "I understand that the Food & Health Bureau has arranged with the Social Welfare Department the necessities to facilitate their stay in there, including the provision of some toys and books."   The two imported cases are both foreign domestic helpers who arrived from Indonesia.   Meanwhile, the Government announced that the list of medium or high-risk areas in the Mainland has been updated in view of the latest epidemic development in some areas in Anhui Province and Liaoning Province.   With effect from today, inbound travellers who have been to Anhui Province in the past 14 days do not fulfil the relevant specified conditions under the Return2hk Scheme and they are required to undergo 14 days of compulsory quarantine upon arrival and relevant mandatory testing.   Shortening of compulsory quarantine period for fully vaccinated people will also not be applicable.   The same arrangement will be applied to inbound travellers who have been to Liaoning Province in the past 14 days from tomorrow.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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