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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

2.63m COVID-19 jabs given

About 2,637,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,528,100 people receiving their first dose and about 1,109,400 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 663,800 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 864,300 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 467,200 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 642,200 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 9,200 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 4,100 people received their second dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 15,300 people received their first dose and about 10,600 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 96%, while that of people who received the BioNTech one is 97%.   As of 8pm, about 10,200 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 18,600 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 14 people were sent to hospitals.
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