Hong Kong to implement ‘vaccine Pass’ in three phases

2022-06-21 0 By

In response to the worsening of COVID-19, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced on Wednesday that it will implement the “vaccine Pass” in three phases for all 23 types of regulated premises, including category D restaurants (two injections are required after 14 days, and customers are required to have one injection).Phase 1: Starting from 24 February, people aged 12 or above entering the vaccination pass premises will be required to have at least one injection;Children under 12 years of age and those medically certified as unfit for vaccination are exempted.Stage 2: Starting from the end of April, at least two injections are required for people aged 18 or above;At least one injection is required for persons aged 12 to 17.Phase 3: From the end of June, people aged 18 and over who have received two injections and are 9 months old will have to have a third injection;Persons aged 12 to 17 who have received the first dose for 6 months are required to receive a second dose.It was also reported that the Hong Kong SAR government held a briefing on the epidemic on May 8 and announced that there were 625 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 15 were suspected to have been infected with the Delta mutant strain, while the rest were suspected to be related to Omicron.Most of the confirmed cases were clustered across families, with at least 19 large groups, with the largest group of 47 people, spreading among friends and relatives at dinner parties, workplaces and buildings.The number of cases of unknown origin in Hong Kong had reached 898 as of July 7, mainly in Tai Po, Sham Shui Po, Sha Tin, Kowloon City and Kwai Tsing, said Cheung Chuk Kwan, director of the Communicable Diseases Division at the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health.Hong Kong chief Executive Carrie Lam cheng Yuet-Ngor announced the latest measures at a press conference on Monday, tightening the ban from four to two people and extending it to private venues to prevent cross-family gatherings between more than two families.