Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccines

  1.        CSB calls on public to conduct three-day rapid antigen tests starting on April 8

Following the packaging of anti-epidemic service bags, the Home Vaccination Service trial and the enforcement of a “restriction-testing declaration” operation, the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) continued to fight against the epidemic as its priority, and distributed the anti-epidemic service bags packaged by CSB staff earlier to residents of “three-nil” buildings in Tsuen Wan. The Bureau also urged residents to conduct rapid antigen tests (RATs) for three consecutive days starting from April 8 (Friday).

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/04/P2022040400592.htm

  1.        COVID-19 vaccination service of DH’s Elderly Health Centres to extend

The Department of Health (DH) announced that its 11 Elderly Health Centres (EHCs) will extend their COVID-19 vaccination walk-in service until May 31 to continue providing CoronaVac vaccination for all persons aged 65 or above with a view to encouraging and facilitating the elderly to receive COVID-19 vaccination.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202203/29/P2022032900327.htm

  1.        Government conducts COVID-19 vaccination for persons with special needs at their homes for first time

The Government has for the first time arranged a medical team to Sun Kit House, Sun Chui Estate in Sha Tin and conducted a trial to provide door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination service to elderly persons aged 70 or above who are yet to get vaccinated and persons who are unable to leave their homes for vaccination due to illness or physical disability on March 31.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202203/31/P2022033100733.htm

  1.        Distribution points of anti-epidemic service bags to commence operation on April 7

The Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government announced that the 18 District Offices will set up about 90 anti-epidemic service bag distribution points on April 7 for collection of anti-epidemic service bags by members of the public who cannot receive the bags which have been distributed to households since April 2.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/04/P2022040400630.htm

  1.        57th round of compulsory testing for staff members of RCHEs, RCHDs and nursing homes to commence shortly

The Government announced on April 1 that the 57th round of compulsory testing for staff members of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) and nursing homes will commence shortly.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/01/P2022033100272.htm

  1.        The Government amends regulations under Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance

Regard to the previous increase in the fixed penalty level under Cap. 599J, increase under the current exercise the penalty levels for offences in relation to non-compliance with CTDs, CTNs, and testing requirements under restriction-testing declarations (RTDs) with a view to strengthening the deterrent effect and maintaining the tiering among different penalties, the maximum penalty for persons who do not comply with CTDs and CTNs will be a fine at level 4 ($25,000) and imprisonment for six months while that for non-compliance of testing requirements under restriction-testing declarations (RTDs) will be a fine at level 5 ($50,000) and imprisonment for six months.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202203/29/P2022033000732.htm

  1.        Government provides COVID-19 oral drugs to private doctors

The Government announced that it would gradually provide free COVID-19 oral drugs, namely Paxlovid and Molnupiravir, to private doctors with a view to enabling private doctors to prescribe these two COVID-19 oral drugs to suitable COVID-19 patients.

For details, refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202204/03/P2022040300028.htm

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