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Anti-epidemic meeting held

A meeting on the anti-epidemic work of the Mainland and Hong Kong was held today in Shenzhen.   It was hosted by Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Deputy Director Huang Liuquan.   Chief Secretary John Lee led Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representatives to attend the meeting and exchange strategies with Mainland representatives on preventing and fighting COVID-19 as well as study the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the Mainland and Hong Kong.   Mr Huang noted that the office organised the meeting as the central government attaches great importance to the request by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on the resumption of quarantine-free travel with the Mainland.   Mr Lee thanked the central government for its support and care towards the Hong Kong SAR's efforts in preventing and fighting the virus, and for offering vital assistance on many occasions.   He also expressed gratitude to the office for arranging the meeting within a short

Encourage staff to get vaccinated: CE

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Enterprises should require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 so that Hong Kong could build up a defence promptly to enable the Government to relax social distancing measures that will benefit businesses.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the statement ahead of today’s Executive Council meeting and stressed that raising the COVID-19 vaccination rate serves the interest of the business community.   “Encouraging, promoting or even urging enterprises and corporations to require their staff to (get) vaccinated (against COVID-19) is one of the strategies to raise the vaccination rate. I do not think we need to provide sort of tangible incentives for the private sector.   “It is to their own benefit to require their employees to be vaccinated so that Hong Kong could build up this defence as soon as possible to enable the Government to decide on more relaxations that they want to see - relaxations in the form of allowing more people or tourists to come in, relaxation in terms of the social distancing measures - so that they could do more business.   “So there is a common objective between the business world and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to increase the vaccination rate.   “But if they want a very strong and clear message from the Government, I am now giving that very strong signal and message that they should move into the situation of requiring their employees to be vaccinated.”   Mrs Lam added that for employees who are unable to or refuse to get vaccinated, they should at least be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test result on a regular basis.
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