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Xia Baolong begins HK visit

CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong today arrived in Hong Kong for a seven-day inspection visit.   Upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport this morning, Mr Xia toured the Integrated Airport Centre in the company of Chief Executive John Lee, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) Chairman Jack So.   Mr Xia was updated by Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam, on the developments of the aviation industry and the latest situation of Hong Kong's development as an international aviation and cargo hub. Mr Xia also inspected the operation of autonomous vehicles at the airport.   In the afternoon, he had an engagement session with Principal Officials and Permanent Secretaries of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government led by Mr Lee.   At another engagement ses

Jab stations at 4 more hospitals set

The Government today announced that it will set up COVID-19 vaccination stations in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Caritas Medical Centre and Prince of Wales Hospital starting October 18.   The move aims to enable patients visiting the hospital for follow-up appointments and visitors to receive the BioNTech vaccination without prior booking.   In addition to the vaccination stations in Queen Mary Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Tuen Mun Hospital, which came into service last month, the number of vaccination stations will increase to seven.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said the vaccination rate for elderly people has increased recently. However, given the threat posed by mutant strains, their vaccination rate should be raised further as they have a comparatively higher risk of falling seriously ill and dying brought by COVID-19 infection.   The Government set up vaccination stations operated by medical organisations in three public hospitals as a pilot scheme.   Mr Nip noted that in the past two weeks, an average of about 200 people received vaccination at the vaccination stations every day.   After an evaluation, the Government decided to expand the scheme to enable more seniors to receive vaccination when they have their follow-up medical consultation at specialist out-patient clinics in hospitals, he added.   The vaccination stations operate from 10am to 7pm on weekdays except public holidays and the last vaccination session is conducted at 6.30pm.   Arrangements will be made for people being vaccinated to have their second dose injection at the same vaccination station or another community vaccination centre.   For those who opt for the Sinovac vaccine, they will be referred to a nearby community vaccination centre.
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