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Balanced approach to curbing virus

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive John Lee today said he has asked the Secretary for Health to review the current anti-epidemic measures, aiming to strike a balance between containing the virus spread and reducing the inconvenience to travellers.   Meeting the media this morning before chairing the first meeting of the new-term Executive Council, Mr Lee said the Secretary for Health is considering how the duration of quarantine should be handled.   “I am giving him time to look at the statistics so that he will formulate some options for me to consider.”   At the same time, the Government will strive to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control and protect those who are more vulnerable to the virus, he noted.   “One of the important measures is to make good use of the polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test so that we can be certain that we will be able to identify those who are infected early, separate

Jab service provided to elderly

The Government's outreach vaccination team today provided jab services to the elderly at Cheung Sha Wan Sports Centre in a vaccination event organised by a group in Sham Shui Po.   There were 210 seniors from Sham Shui Po who joined the event to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines. Voluntary healthcare workers were on the spot to answer questions from them.   The Government's outreach vaccination team provided vaccination service to the elderly who opted for the Sinovac vaccine at a temporary vaccination area specially set up at the sports centre.   Those who chose the BioNTech vaccine were taken by pre-arranged transport to a nearby community vaccination centre (CVC) for vaccination.   Attending the event, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said this is the first time that the outreach service team has participated in a trial of this type of one-stop arrangement.   He said the talks, question and answer sessions and vaccination service not only enhanced the elderly’s understanding of the vaccines and eased their concerns, but also enabled them to get vaccinated.   He said he is grateful to the organiser and the district organisations as they care about the health of the elderly. He hopes that groups will organise activities to encourage and help elderly persons to get vaccinated.   Mr Nip pointed out that the elderly are the group of people who have the highest risks of complications and death from COVID-19.   Experts recommend that all the senior citizens who have previously received influenza vaccines can safely receive COVID-19 vaccines. If the elderly have chronic diseases, they should get vaccinated as soon as possible for protection when their condition is stable, he added.   Currently, people aged 70 or above can get same-day tickets at more than 20 CVCs to receive vaccination. This arrangement will be extended to people aged 60 or above shortly.
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