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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

Pupils to get same-day jab tickets

The Government today announced that its same-day ticket arrangement for COVID-19 vaccination will be expanded to cover students aged 12 or above starting August 27.   Tickets will be distributed at 24 community vaccination centres (CVCs) so that students can receive COVID-19 jabs at a designated timeslot on the day of ticket distribution.   The same-day ticket arrangement was first introduced for people aged 70 or above and was later extended to cover people aged 60 or older.   As the arrangement has been running smoothly, the Government decided to extend it to cover students studying at primary and secondary schools as well as post-secondary institutions with the aim of assisting students and their parents who have not yet received their jabs.   Each student can be accompanied by a maximum of two people to receive vaccination. The companions can also get vaccinated together.   The same-day tickets will be distributed daily from 7.45am on a first-come, first-served basis.   Eligible people can present their Hong Kong identity card to get a same-day ticket at the CVCs. They can also authorise their family members or carers to collect a ticket on their behalf by presenting a copy of the authoriser's identity card or school attendance documents for registration.   Those aged 12 to 17 are also required to bring along a consent form signed by their parents for getting vaccinated.   The schedule for receiving the second dose will be provided when the student or senior citizen gets the first jab.   About 4,600 same-day tickets will be given out daily at the 24 CVCs in August.   Due to the limited capacity of the venues, the CVCs at Tung Chung Community Hall and Hong Kong International Airport will each distribute 100 tickets per day, while other CVCs, except those run by private hospitals, will each distribute 200 tickets per day.   The CVCs at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Ap Lei Chau Sports Centre and the airport will distribute the tickets until August 31.
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