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270 COVID-19 cases recorded

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 270 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 116 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 154 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   Among the new cases, 31 are imported while the rest are locally infected.   Since the onset of the fifth wave of the epidemic, 1,199,227 people have contracted the virus. One more patient passed away, bringing the total number of deaths in the fifth wave to 9,163.   Moreover, the Hospital Authority announced that a staff member of Haven of Hope Hospital’s catering department tested positive through a rapid antigen test on Thursday. Contact tracing revealed that four more employees from the same department who had dined or stayed in the same accommodation as the patient had also caught COVID-19. These four staff and seven other staff who have been identified as close contacts will be quarantined.   As a precautionary measure, the hospital’s catering department has temporarily suspended o

Vaccine coverage to expand

The Government announced today that people aged 12 to 17 will be accorded priority to make reservations for and receive a Sinovac vaccination from December 2.   Starting from 9am on December 2, they can make reservations for vaccination at the community vaccination centres (CVCs) or the Hospital Authority's Ma On Shan Family Medicine Centre and Tin Shui Wai (Tin Yip Road) Community Health Centre through the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme website.   Apart from the existing service network, the Department of Health's five Student Health Service Centres will provide from the same day the Sinovac vaccine to students aged 12 to 17 as well as health information to parents and students from 9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday.   These five centres are Chai Wan, Lam Tin, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Western Student Health Service Centres.   From November 26, parents can call the Student Health Service at 2856 9133 for appointment booking.   Moreover, they can also make appointments for a Sinovac vaccination through private doctors or clinics enrolled in the vaccination programme.   The CVCS will operate from 10am to 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 8am to 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays.   All CVCs will close between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on working days for cleaning. They will be closed on Wednesdays.   Eligible people can collect same-day tickets and get vaccinated at the CVCs. The tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.   The Government will provide this age group with special channels to get vaccinated, including providing special appointments for schools at CVCs and transport from and to schools. The Education Bureau will issue a letter to inform schools of the arrangements this week.   People aged 12 to 17 are required to bring along a consent form signed by their parents for getting their vaccinations. The consent form can be downloaded online.   The BioNTech vaccine has been already deemed suitable for those aged 12 or above. The public are reminded that before making an appointment, they should take note of a minimum interval of 14 days between a COVID-19 vaccination and any other vaccinations including the seasonal flu vaccine.
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