Welcome to SHINE Centre Site!

Introduction

Since August 2009, Christian Action SHINE Centre (located in Tuen Mun and Jordan) has provided support services for ethnic minorities and local organizations for archieving social integration and racial hamony.


Our Aims

- Empower ethnic minorities to better integrate and contribute to the wider community
- Promote a more racially harmonious and inclusive society
- Like the sun, we SHINE on  Services for Harmonious Intergration & Neighbourhood Empowerment

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

 

1. Government extends social distancing measures under Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance

The implementation of the first phase of measures under the 'vaccine bubble' is generally in order. To allow the relevant operators of premises and the general public to get used to the relevant measures, the Government will continue to maintain the existing requirements and restrictions applicable to catering business premises and scheduled premises, as well as the requirements for group gatherings and mask wearing for 14 days until May 26. At the same time, the Government has also made slight adjustments to the requirements to fit anti-epidemic needs.

For details, please refer to:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202105/13/P2021051201043.htm

Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) thematic webpage

www.fehd.gov.hk/english/events/covid19/vaccine_bubble_FP.html

 

2. Update on monitoring COVID-19 vaccinations

As at 8pm on May 9, about 1.74 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered for members of the public. The Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation perform continuous monitoring of the possible adverse events following administration of COVID-19 vaccines, and provide professional views and suggestions on safety monitoring of the authorised COVID-19 vaccines. The Expert Committee considered that there is no unusual pattern identified so far, and will continue to closely monitor the relevant situation and collect data for assessment. The majority of non-death cases of adverse events received so far are relatively minor cases.

Moreover, based on statistical analysis, there is no evidence that vaccination increases the risk of death for recipients.

For details, please refer to:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202105/12/P2021051200816.htm

"Report on the Safety Monitoring of COVID-19 Vaccines in Hong Kong"

www.drugoffice.gov.hk/eps/do/en/doc/Safety_Monitoring_of_COVID-19_Vaccines_in_Hong_Kong.pdf).

More information on COVID-19 vaccines

https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/

 

We would like to solicit your support to disseminate the information to your colleagues, work associates and/or business partners so that they could adopt proper preventive measures. Thank you very much for your support.

Department of Health

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


1. The latest boarding and quarantine arrangements for persons arriving at Hong Kong under "vaccine bubble" concept

The Government will adjust the boarding, quarantine and testing arrangements for persons arriving at Hong Kong (including Hong Kong residents returning to Hong Kong) who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination course under the "vaccine bubble" concept. Subject to no significant change to the epidemic situation locally and in relevant overseas places, the relevant measures will be implemented on May 12 at 0.00am.

Concise guide to the arrangements

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/concise_guide_vaccinated_travellers_ENG.pdf

Points to note regarding self-monitoring period for inbound travellers

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/selfmonitoring_travellers_ENG.pdf

For details, please refer to:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202105/07/P2021050700821.htm

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html


2. Quarantine requirements for close contacts of locally acquired COVID-19 cases

Taking into account the consensus interim recommendation by the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases and the Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases (collectively the JSC) under the CHP, joined by the Chief Executive's expert advisory panel (EAP), as well as the latest local situations of the epidemic, the Government decided to adopt a progressive manner to adjust the relevant quarantine requirements for close contacts.

Concise guide to the arrangements

https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/pdf/Quarantine_Requirements_ENG.pdf

Points to note regarding self-monitoring period for close contacts after mandatory quarantine at quarantine centre

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/selfmonitoring_closecontacts_ENG.pdf

For details, please refer to:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202105/07/P2021050700771.htm

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/early-testing.html


3. Quarantine arrangements of local COVID-19 cases with mutant strain

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) is reviewing the infection control measures of confirmed cases involving mutant strain.  In view of the epidemiological evidence from contact tracing for N501Y cases, the CHP considers that residents who reside in the same building as confirmed N501Y cases, other than those who reside in the same unit, would not be classified as close contacts and placed under quarantine. Instead, they would be required to have more frequent testing due to the higher transmissibility of N501Y cases and hence an increased chance of transmission by sharing common facilities in the same building.

Concise guide to the arrangements

https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/pdf/Quarantine_Arrangements_for_Mutant_Strain_ENG.pdf

For details, please refer to:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202105/07/P2021050700770.htm


More information on COVID-19 vaccines

https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/


We would like to solicit your support to disseminate the information to your colleagues, work associates and/or business partners so that they could adopt proper preventive measures. Thank you very much for your support.


Department of Health

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


1. Government further adjusts boarding and quarantine arrangements for persons arriving at Hong Kong

To implement the more targeted risk-based approach on boarding, quarantine, and testing arrangements for persons arriving at Hong Kong under the new direction in fighting the pandemic, the Government announced on April 14 the adjusted grouping of boarding and compulsory quarantine arrangements: places outside China will be categorised under Cap. 599H into the extremely high-risk Group A1 specified places (equivalent to the existing Group A specified places), the newly added very high-risk Group A2 specified places, as well as the existing high-risk Group B specified places, the medium-risk Group C specified places, and the low-risk Group D specified places.

Considering that the epidemic situation is still unstable in the existing extremely high-risk places, i.e. India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Brazil, and South Africa, the existing restrictions under Cap. 599H will continue.

On the other hand, having considered the stabilising local epidemic situation and the relatively satisfactory vaccination rate in Ireland and the UK, the Government  has lifted the ban for persons who have stayed in Ireland and the United Kingdom (UK) on boarding for Hong Kong on May 7, to allow flights to resume from those places and for Hong Kong residents there to board for flights for Hong Kong, while these relevant persons would subject to the most stringent compulsory quarantine and testing arrangements upon arrival at Hong Kong.

Based on the "vaccine bubble" concept, the Government is planning to suitably shorten the compulsory quarantine period, based on risk levels, for persons arriving at Hong Kong who have not stayed in extremely high-risk and very high-risk places, and who have been fully vaccinated.  The implementation date and details of the relevant measures will be announced separately.

For details, please refer to:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202105/04/P2021050400899.htm

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html

2. Over 1 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The Government announced that the number of people who have received their first vaccine dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has exceeded 1 million. The figure accounts for around 15 per cent of the population aged 16 or above and eligible to get vaccinated through the Vaccination Programme, which has been running since February 26.

The Department of Health (DH) has put in place a pharmacovigilance system for COVID-19 immunisations, including receiving reports of Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFIs) related to the COVID-19 vaccines used in Hong Kong from healthcare professionals and pharmaceutical industries, and setting up the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation (Expert Committee) to provide independent assessments on the potential causal link between AEFIs and COVID-19 vaccinations.

As of May 2, 2021, a total of 11,785 persons were infected with COVID-19, and 210 died of the disease in Hong Kong. Separately, there were about 1,491,900 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered and a total of 2,402 AEFI reports (0.16 per cent of all doses administered) were reported. A total of 16 death reports (0.001 per cent of all doses administered) with a vaccination history within 14 days were received in the same period. The Expert Committee already concluded that four cases had no causal relationship with COVID-19 vaccinations, and the rest were preliminarily considered not associated with COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Government called on those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so as early as possible. A high vaccination rate can lead Hong Kong to resume economic and livelihood activities as soon as possible. In view of the threat posed by mutant strains, it is imperative for us to get vaccinated to protect ourselves and others.

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


Online webinar on COVID-19 vaccines in Nepali

https://www.facebook.com/CentreforHealthProtection/photos/a.975137902502127/4603965569619324/

1. Government to relax social distancing measures under "vaccine bubble"

The Government has gazetted directions and specifications under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F), the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G) and the Prevention and Control of Disease (Wearing of Mask) Regulation (Cap. 599I) to relax social distancing measures with conditions with "vaccine bubble" as the basis. These directions and specifications take effect from 0.00am on April 29, for a period of 14 days till May 12.


1. Except for bars or pubs which are subject to other requirements, all catering business must operate according to one or more of the following operating mode(s). Among them, Types A and B Mode of Operation are existing arrangements, while Types C and D Mode of Operation are introduced under the "vaccine bubble".

Arrangements for Catering Business, Bars/Pubs and five Scheduled Premises under the “Vaccine Bubble”

https://gia.info.gov.hk/general/202104/28/P2021042800868_366077_1_1619624036686.pdf

Summary of latest measures on catering business and scheduled premises:

https://gia.info.gov.hk/general/202104/28/P2021042800868_366078_1_1619624036680.pdf

2. Unless exempted, the prohibition on group gatherings of more than four persons in public places will continue during the specified period. The requirement is also applicable to group gatherings in catering business and scheduled premises regulated under Cap. 599F in which the relevant requirements or restrictions are not complied with.

Relaxation Arrangements for Group Gathering Restrictions under the “Vaccine Bubble”:

https://gia.info.gov.hk/general/202104/28/P2021042800868_366072_1_1619624036695.pdf

3. The mandatory mask-wearing requirement under Cap. 599I will be extended during the specified period.


The Government reminds the public that a staff member or a customer who makes false declarations or provides false information under the measures may be subject to a fixed penalty of $5,000.

Relevant specified forms and template of medical certificate:

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/cap599FG_forms.html


To help catering premises and scheduled premises operators, as well as the general public, understand the operational details of the "vaccine bubble", the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) has launched a thematic webpage as a one-stop portal to provide relevant information and working tools:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202104/29/P2021042900690.htm

www.fehd.gov.hk/english/events/covid19/vaccine_bubble_FP.html


Depending on the epidemic development and the implementation of the first phase of measures under the 'vaccine bubble', the Government will review and adjust the details of the measures and consider further relaxation of restrictions in respect of the operation of restaurants and other premises under the second phase.

For details, please refer to:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202104/28/P2021042800868.htm


2. The Government continues to ensure that the authorised vaccines satisfy the criteria of safety, efficacy and quality

The Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines convened a meeting on 29 April 2021 to conduct continuous benefit-risk analysis of the authorised COVID-19 vaccines. After reviewing all the latest available clinical and safety data related, the Advisory Panel still considered that the benefits outweighed the risks. There was no need to recommend changes regarding the use of the vaccine.

For details, please refer to:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202104/29/P2021042900881.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk


3. Government further tightens place-specific flight suspension mechanism and suspends passenger flights from Nepal

In view of the continually unstable global epidemic situation, the Government will adjust the place-specific flight suspension mechanism. A new criterion will also be introduced to run in parallel. If a total of 10 or more passengers were confirmed positive by any tests (including tests conducted during quarantine) with the N501Y mutant strain or relevant virus mutation within a seven-day period, the flight suspension mechanism would also be triggered. At the same time, as a measure to manage the flight resumption arrangements more cautiously under the mechanism, the Government will conduct risk assessments every two weeks for comprehensive reviews of relevant factors such as the epidemic situation of the relevant places, vaccination rate, and the prevalence of new virus variants, etc., before determining whether it was appropriate to remove the flight suspension. Due to the need to review the epidemic situation of the place concerned, the flight suspension mechanism will not be lifted automatically.

Under the tightened place-specific flight suspension mechanism, the Government will extend the measure to prohibit all passenger flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines from landing in Hong Kong, and starting from 00.00am on May 1, prohibit all passenger flights from Nepal from landing in Hong Kong.

For details:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202104/29/P2021042900946.htm

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html


We would like to solicit your support to disseminate the information to your colleagues, work associates and/or business partners so that they could adopt proper preventive measures. Thank you very much for your support.

Department of Health

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


【COVID-19 Vaccines: Top tips replay in Punjabi 】

Don't miss the chance to watch Centre for Health Promotion's online webinar to know more about COVID-19 vaccines in Punjabi with doctors online.

Dr Narindar Pal Singh Gill from Tuen Mun Hospital will tell you more and clarify your doubts.

Watch NOW at: https://youtu.be/Eyo-9saR418

The online webinar, co-organised by the Centre for Health Protection, Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple and the Zubin Foundation, was held on April 14, 2021, with more than 40 participants.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, please visit thematic website
https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/

https://ne-np.facebook.com/CentreforHealthProtection/posts/covid-19-vaccines-top-tips-replay-in-punjabi-dont-miss-the-chance-to-watch-again/4544108158938399/

Government invokes place specific flight suspension mechanism 19 April 2021 

http://shine.christian-action.org.hk/images/prevent_pneumonia/government_invokes_place_specific_flight_suspension_mechanism.pdf

http://shine.christian-action.org.hk/images/prevent_pneumonia/government_invokes_place_specific_flight_suspension_mechanism_bahasa.pdf

http://shine.christian-action.org.hk/images/prevent_pneumonia/government_invokes_place_specific_flight_suspension_mechanism_urdu.pdf

http://shine.christian-action.org.hk/images/prevent_pneumonia/government_invokes_place_specific_flight_suspension_mechanism_tagalog.pdf

http://shine.christian-action.org.hk/images/prevent_pneumonia/government_invokes_place_specific_flight_suspension_mechanism_vietnamese.pdf

http://shine.christian-action.org.hk/images/prevent_pneumonia/government_invokes_place_specific_flight_suspension_mechanism_hindi.pdf

http://shine.christian-action.org.hk/images/prevent_pneumonia/government_invokes_place_specific_flight_suspension_mechanism_nepali.pdf

http://shine.christian-action.org.hk/images/prevent_pneumonia/government_invokes_place_specific_flight_suspension_mechanism_punjabi.pdf

http://shine.christian-action.org.hk/images/prevent_pneumonia/government_invokes_place_specific_flight_suspension_mechanism_thai.pdf

Vaccination for prevention of COVID-19

The Government is offering COVID-19 vaccines free of charge for all Hong Kong residents. Eligible persons aged 16 or above can make reservations through the online booking system for receiving vaccines at one of the many community vaccination centres (CVCs) and public clinics, or make appointments for vaccinations with private doctors. It is expected that CVCs will operate until the end of September 2021. People wishing to receive the BioNTech vaccine must make an appointment to receive the first dose by the end of August in order to complete the vaccination of two doses by the end of September for better protection from the vaccine. For Sinovac vaccination services, it will be continued  through designated private and public clinics. The Government will also continue sourcing safe and effective vaccines from other vaccine manufacturers or drug companies.

In general, the side effects of vaccines are mild and temporary. The Government continues to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines allow your body to better fight against the disease, while other preventive measures, such as personal hygiene and wearing masks properly will further reduce the risk of spreading the disease in the community. Visit thematic website for more information: [www.covidvaccine.gov.hk]www.covidvaccine.gov.hk


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

1. New direction in fighting pandemic & Social distancing measures under Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance

With the fourth wave of the epidemic which has emerged since the second half of November last year apparently under control, a new direction in fighting the pandemic will be adopted down the road. The Government will adjust various anti-epidemic measures with "vaccine bubble" as the basis. Members of the public are encouraged to get vaccinated sooner rather than later so that Hong Kong can gradually return to normality, and the flow of people with the Mainland and overseas can be restored as soon as possible.

However, to continue containing the spread of the disease and taking into account the pressure for potential rebound of the epidemic brought by earlier relaxation of social distancing measures and the frequent gatherings among members of the public during the long holiday, the Government still needs to maintain existing social distancing measures for the coming two weeks for prudence's sake.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been smoothly implemented for a while. Some staff members of the catering business premises or scheduled premises have completed the vaccination course (i.e. after 14 days following the administration of two vaccine doses for production of antibodies). In view of the protection brought by the vaccination, the relevant staff member will not need to undergo regular testing starting from the fourteenth day upon his or her completion of a COVID-19 vaccination course. However, any person who has symptoms should seek medical attention immediately and undergo testing. Relevant staff member should keep the vaccination record as proof of vaccination. The fourteenth day upon a person's completion of a vaccination course is counted by taking the next day after the person received all of the recommended dose(s) of vaccine as the first day. For example, for a person who has not been infected with COVID-19 and received the second dose of vaccine on April 15, the "first day" would be April 16 and the "fourteenth day" would be April 29.

If the epidemic situation remains stable, the Government will adjust social distancing measures orderly with 'vaccine bubble' as the basis. The details will be announced later.

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202104/12/P2021041200923.htm

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202104/14/P2021041400025.htm


2. Specifications under Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation to be gazetted

The global pandemic situation remains severe. During the two-week period from late March to early April, there were over 7.9 million new cases and more than 138 000 new deaths reported globally. Hong Kong cannot afford to drop its guard on entry prevention and control measures. The Secretary for Food and Health will publish in the Gazette updated specifications made under Cap. 599H to include Egypt under the high-risk Group B specified places. The relevant specifications will be effective from April 20 until further notice.

Details on the grouping of specified places and their respective boarding and compulsory quarantine requirements can be found at:

www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html


3. Government implements various measures to improve workflow of COVID-19 vaccination

To facilitate the public's identification of the correct venue for vaccination, each of the community vaccination centres (CVCs) and designated general outpatient clinics of the Hospital Authority have been assigned a unique code number. The code number for venues administering Sinovac vaccine will start with the prefix "S", while those for BioNTech vaccination will start with the prefix "B". For example, S01 is the code number of the Hong Kong Central Library CVC which administers Sinovac vaccine, and B02 is the code number of the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre CVC which administers BioNTech vaccine. The SMS messages for persons to be vaccinated will also start right-away with the code number of the vaccination venue chosen. In addition, the CVCs will also display their code number at prominent positions at the venue entrance. These arrangements will help reception staff and the public alike to tell if the latter has come to the correct vaccination venue.

For details, please refer to:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202104/13/P2021041300846.htm


4. Outreach Vaccination Arrangement for RCHs

The Outreach Vaccination Arrangement for Residential Care Homes (RCHs) under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (outreach arrangement) started on April 13. Outreach teams and visiting medical officers (VMOs) will visit the RCHs for the elderly that are participating in the outreach arrangement, which provides free vaccination services at the RCHs for their residents and service users of the day service units attached to the premises of the RCHs who have agreed to receive a vaccination and have been assessed by medical doctors as suitable for receiving a vaccination.

Residents who choose not to participate in the outreach vaccination arrangement will not be vaccinated in the RCHs, but they can still make bookings by themselves and receive a vaccination at Community Vaccination Centres or other locations.

For details, please refer to:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202104/13/P2021041300415.htm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines:

www.covidvaccine.gov.hk

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

網上預約疫苗接種流程 How to make vaccination booking online

(Hindi 印度文 )      https://youtu.be/iwyaRrH5P1E

(Nepali 尼泊爾文 ) https://youtu.be/D8M5Z80Dfbw

(Urdu 巴基斯坦文) https://youtu.be/4VGVnbItQ_8

Please be informed that there will be three radio interviews on COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in the radio programme in Bahasa Indonesia, Nepali and Hindi, to be broadcast on 11 April 2021 with details as follows:-


Bahasa Indonesia

Nepali

Hindi

Name of Radio Programme

Good Morning Indonesians (Selamat Pagi Indonesians)

Saptahik Sandesh

Desi Tadka

Channel

RTHK Radio 2 (FM94.8-96.9)

RTHK Radio 3 (Hong Kong-wide: AM567)

Metro Plus AM1044

Broadcast Date and Time

11 April 2021, 6:00-8:00am

11 April 2021, 7:05-8:00pm

11 April 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm

Name of Guest Speaker from UCNCHS

Viviana indriani

Sharmila Gurung

Rinzin Chodor



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

1. Arrangements for designated flights from United Kingdom to Hong Kong and quarantine arrangements for arrivals from low-risk places
The Government has put in place since late December last year the measure under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H) to restrict persons who had stayed in extremely high-risk Group A specified places from boarding flights for Hong Kong.   The Government will specify that passengers of designated flights will not be subject to the restriction on boarding for Hong Kong and will arrange for these returnees to undergo the 21-day compulsory quarantine in a specified quarantine facility.

The designated flights will be the CX2252 flights departing London in the UK on April 21 and April 28 at 9.10am. The airline will open the ticketing reservation system on April 8 at 4 pm (Hong Kong Time). Upon check-in for the designated flights, travellers will be required to present negative result proof of a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) nucleic acid test for COVID-19, conducted within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the aircraft. Results of tests conducted using other techniques will not be accepted. In addition, the travellers must present the confirmation of their room reservation in the specified quarantine facility mentioned above for 21 nights after their arrival in Hong Kong.

Travellers arriving on the designated flights will all be required to undergo compulsory quarantine at the centrally managed specified quarantine facility (Rambler Garden Hotel in Tsing Yi) for 21 days. The relevant persons under quarantine will be tested again on the 7th, 12th and 19th days during quarantine.

Relevant FAQs: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/FAQ_UK_Returnees_ENG.pdf

The global epidemic situation remains severe with new virus variants ravaging many parts of the world. The appropriate adjustments to the entry restrictions and quarantine arrangements will be conducive to the gradual resumption of travel between Hong Kong and other overseas places. In the meantime, the Government will continue various measures to stringently guard against the importation of cases.

The compulsory quarantine period for persons arriving at Hong Kong on or after April 9, and who have only stayed in Australia, New Zealand or Singapore on the day of arrival in Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day, will be shortened to 14 days, while they will be required to self-monitor for the subsequent seven days and be subject compulsory testing on the 19th day after their arrival at Hong Kong. The relevant persons will still be required to undergo compulsory quarantine in designated quarantine hotels. This arrangement will be applicable to both Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents.

Details on the grouping of specified places and their respective boarding and compulsory quarantine requirements can be found at:

www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/high-risk-places.html

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202104/01/P2021040100696.htm

2. Government announces investigation results regarding packaging defects of BioNTech vaccine and arrangements for resumption of vaccination service

According to the information provided by Fosun Industrial Co., Limited (Fosun) and German drug manufacturer BioNTech, BioNTech has completed the relevant investigation and analysis regarding defects found in a small number of vial caps in a batch of vaccines supplied to the Hong Kong and Macao regions.  It is confirmed that the occurrence of the said problem is only associated with vaccine packaging under transport conditions. The production process and quality of the vaccine are found to be intact. The drug manufacturer confirmed that the safety and efficacy of the vaccine were not affected by the aforesaid issue, hence members of the public who had received the BioNTech vaccine did not need to worry. That said, for the sake of prudence, batches 210102 and 210104 will continue to be put on hold at the request of the drug manufacturer until completion of the final investigation report. The Government is also prepared to follow the recommendation of the drug manufacturer to suitably handle the relevant batches at a later time, including no longer administering the relevant batches of the BioNTech vaccine.

The shipment of about 300 000 doses of the Comirnaty vaccine manufactured by BioNTech, filled and finished at another plant in Germany, arrived in Hong Kong on April 2 as arranged by Fosun Pharma.

The Government has resumed the administration of the Comirnaty vaccine for members of the public starting from 5 April.  For changes to the vaccination slot or centre, please cancel the timeslot from the online booking system first and then make another reservation.

For details, please refer to:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202104/01/P2021040100848.htm

https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/


Please visit the Thematic Website (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html) regularly for further information and updates

1. Government announces initial investigation results regarding packaging defects of BioNTech vaccine

The Department of Health (DH) had earlier noticed that there was an accumulated number of cases of packaging defects (including loose vial caps, leakages from the vials, etc.) regarding the BioNTech vaccines (batch no. 210102). The DH immediately notified the vaccine supplier (Fosun Industrial Co., Limited (Fosun) and German drug manufacturer BioNTech) and requested for prompt follow-up. At the same time, in view that the supplier has launched an urgent and comprehensive investigation on the packaging defects, the Government agreed to the supplier's recommendation and suspended vaccination of batch 210102 and 210104 of the BioNTech vaccines in Hong Kong for the sake of prudence and as a precautionary measure.

According to the initial investigation results, Fosun and German drug manufacturer BioNTech considered that there is no evidence indicating any safety risks of the BioNTech vaccines delivered to Hong Kong (batch no. 210102 and 210104). Members of the public who have received the BioNTech vaccines do not need to worry. The subsequent investigation work will mainly target on ascertaining the integrity of the intrinsic properties of the relevant batches of vaccine, and that the batches are safe for use.

Premised on the condition of safety, the Government will strive to resume the administration of the BioNTech vaccine for members of the public as soon as possible, so as to protect public health and the health of citizens.

For details, please refer to the press release:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202103/27/P2021032700785.htm


2. Safety monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines

DH has put in place a pharmacovigilance system for COVID-19 immunization, including receiving reports of Adverse Events Following Immunization (“AEFIs”) related to the COVID-19 vaccines used in Hong Kong from healthcare professionals and pharmaceutical industries.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Prevention and Control of Disease (Use of Vaccines) Regulation, Cap. 599K to monitor any adverse event that occurs to the recipient associated with the administration of the relevant vaccine, the Director of Health appointed the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunization (“Expert Committee”) to provide independent assessment of potential causal link between AEFIs and COVID-19 vaccines used in Hong Kong and to provide expert advice to the Government on safety-related matters. The Department of Health also partners with the University of Hong Kong to conduct an active surveillance programme for Adverse Events of Special Interest (“AESIs”) related to COVID-19 vaccines.

Thematic webpage:

https://www.covidvaccine.gov.hk/en/vaccine

Report on the Safety Monitoring of COVID-19 Vaccines in Hong Kong (updated regularly):

https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk/eps/do/en/doc/Safety_Monitoring_of_COVID-19_Vaccines_in_Hong_Kong.pdf


3. Multilingual information

To facilitate more ethnic minorities to receive the Government’s latest information, various materials on COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring and fact sheets etc. have been translated into multiple languages. For details, please refer to the attachment.



We would like to solicit your support to disseminate the information to your colleagues, work associates and/or business partners so that they could adopt proper preventive measures. Thank you very much for your support.


Department of Health


1. Government extends social distancing measures under Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance

The Government will maintain most of the existing requirements and restrictions applicable to catering business premises and scheduled premises, as well as the requirements for group gatherings and mask wearing for 14 days until March 17, 2021 (Wednesday). In view of the recent cluster in eateries, the Government will require catering business premises to dedicate staff for clearing used utensils and cleaning and disinfecting used tables and partitions, in order to reduce the relevant infection risk. The existing arrangement for regular testing of staff of catering business premises and scheduled premises will continue, as it helps breaking the silent transmission chain in the community promptly.


For details, please refer to the press release and annexes:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202103/03/P2021030300045.htm
https://gia.info.gov.hk/general/202103/03/P2021030300045_362061_1_1614707588112.pdf

2. Government further strengthens compulsory testing


Currently, in all districts in Hong Kong, if one or more new confirmed cases are found in the residential buildings (including buildings for both commercial and residential uses), or there are sewage samples tested positive which implied possible infection risks, the buildings will be included in the compulsory testing notice. To strengthen testing targeting at workplaces, starting from February 27, if one or more confirmed cases are found in a workplace, it will be included in the compulsory testing notice.


For details, please refer to:

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/compulsory-testing.html


For most updated information, please also refer to daily press releases:

https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/ISD_public_Calendar_en.html

3. Wellcation – Mental health and wellbeing under quarantine

Members of the Faculty of Social Science, the University of Hong Kong, have designed a mental wellness programme, Wellcation 21-day Quarantine Wellness Kit.  Based on positive psychology, it provides daily stories, exercise videos and daily practices to enhance our mental health and wellbeing under quarantine.

To facilitate more ethnic minorities to receive the Government’s latest information, the Wellcation kits, together with other health education materials and videos on COVID-19, have been translated into multiple languages. For details, please refer to the attachment.


videos and health education materials by Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health

We would like to solicit your support to disseminate the information to your colleagues, work associates and/or business partners so that they could adopt proper preventive measures. Thank you very much for your support.


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Updated information on COVID-19 vaccines

The Government is implementing a phased territory-wide COVID-19 Vaccination Programme free of charge for all Hong Kong residents. For information related to vaccination, please visit Thematic Website www.covidvaccine.gov.hk.

According to the Scientific Committees’ recommendations, and taking into account the supply situation of the vaccines, the Government decided to arrange priority vaccination for the five groups below:
1.        Persons aged 60 years or above (a maximum of two carers who accompany elderly people aged 70 or above can also receive vaccination);
2.        Personnel in healthcare settings and those participating in anti-epidemic related work;
3.        Residents and staff of residential care homes for the elderly / persons with disabilities;
4.        Personnel maintaining critical public services; and
5.        Personnel performing cross-boundary related work.

To facilitate more ethnic minorities to receive the Government’s latest vaccination information, relevant information will be translated into multiple languages and made available progressively.

Hindi https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102743.html

Nepali https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102786.html

Urdu https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102787.html

Thai https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102788.html

Bahasa Indonesia https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102790.html

Tagalog https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102791.html

Sinhala https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102799.html

Bengali https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102796.html

Vietnamese https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102797.html

We would like to solicit your support to disseminate the information to your colleagues, work associates and/or business partners so that they could adopt proper preventive measures. Thank you very much for your support.

Department of Health

Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

1. Government begins to relax social distancing measures in gradual and orderly manner

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Thanks to the efforts of the whole community in Hong Kong, the epidemic situation has been gradually improving in the past month. With the epidemic situation under control, the Government will relax social distancing measures in a gradual and orderly manner in accordance with the latest developments of the epidemic situation and risk assessments.

Catering business: Catering premises fall under Category A / Category B according to the infection control measures adopted by the persons responsible for carrying on the catering business. The requirements and restrictions are different.

Scheduled premises: Some of the scheduled premises under Cap. 599F can be open when the relevant requirements and restrictions are fulfilled.

Group gathering: Unless exempted, the prohibition on group gatherings of more than two persons in public places will continue. The requirement is also applicable to group gatherings in catering business and scheduled premises regulated under Cap. 599F in which the relevant requirements or restrictions are not complied with. If there is no major change to the epidemic situation, the Government will seek the approval from the Executive Council shortly to relax the relevant group gathering restriction from two persons to four persons.

Mask-wearing requirement: The mandatory mask-wearing requirement under Cap. 599I will continue.

For details, please refer to the press release and annexes:
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202102/17/P2021021700662.htm
https://gia.info.gov.hk/general/202102/17/P2021021700662_361121_1_1613570287637.pdf

2. Government enhances testing capabilities

In the wake of recent clusters of infection or higher risk of transmission at different premises, the Government provides free testing services at community testing centres with online bookings to various target groups such as foreign domestic helpers, construction site workers, and security and guarding personnel. To tie in with the reopening or relaxation of restrictions of restaurants and multiple scheduled premises, schools, etc, the Government also provides free testing services with online bookings to these target groups at community testing centres, and they may also continue to undergo testing via the above free testing means. Those with symptoms shall seek medical advice promptly and undergo testing as instructed by medical professionals, and they ought not visit the community testing centres.

The Government reiterates that, for those scheduled premises which will reopen on the seventh day of Lunar New Year and those restaurants which will resume dine-in dinner service on the same date, the operators are only required to arrange their staff to undergo the first testing from February 11 to 24, and arrange another test for them every 14 days. In other words, the operators can arrange the staff to receive the test on any dates within the first 14-day period, and there is no need to rush for test completion by February 18. For those who were unable to make a booking for testing at the community testing centres, they may go to the aforesaid locations to obtain deep throat saliva specimen collection packs for free testing. In general, the test result is available through SMS within 24 to 48 hours from the time of returning the specimen.

For details, please refer to:
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202102/17/P2021021700655.htm

Please visit our Facebook and Thematic Website regularly for further information and updates.

We would like to solicit your support to disseminate the information to your colleagues, work associates and/or business partners so that they could adopt proper preventive measures. Thank you very much for your support.

Department of Health

Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

1. Government extends social distancing measures under Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance

The COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong remains serious. The Government announced that it will gazette directions and specifications to maintain the social distancing measures currently in place until 14 February. To allow members of the public to relax while keeping social distance, the Government will reopen specified outdoor sports premises for activities involving little physical contact starting from February 4, 2021 (Thursday). For details, please refer to the press release:
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202102/03/P2021020300042.htm

2. Government further strengthens compulsory testing
Currently, the Centre for Health Protection requires asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed cases to undergo compulsory quarantine in quarantine centres. To strengthen tracing ability, we will require the household members of close contacts to undergo compulsory testing.

In all districts in Hong Kong, if one or more new confirmed cases with unknown sources are found in the residential buildings (including buildings for both commercial and residential uses), or there are sewage samples tested positive which implied possible infection risks, the buildings will be included in the compulsory testing notice. For testing targeting at workplaces, if two or more confirmed cases are found in a workplace, it will be included in the compulsory testing notice.

Furthermore, the Government has delineated earlier four specified areas. The Government will accord priority to the sewage testing of buildings within the "specified areas", with a view to targeting areas with higher risks and detecting virus transmission earlier before any confirmed case is found.

Subject to the epidemic development and the need for infection control, the Government will delineate restricted areas and make a "restriction-testing declaration". Persons within the areas are required to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing in accordance with the arrangement by the Government, and can only leave after the relevant test results are mostly ascertained.

For details, please refer to:
https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202102/03/P2021020300018.htm
https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/compulsory-testing.html

Please visit our Facebook and Thematic Website regularly for further information and updates.

We would like to solicit your support to disseminate the information to your colleagues, work associates and/or business partners so that they could adopt proper preventive measures. Thank you very much for your support.

Department of Health

Lifesaving Training Incentive Programme for Ethnic Minority Youths

Have you ever dream of turning your passion into a career?  The Home Affairs Department (HAD) has always been supportive in building the personal development of ethnic minority youths in our community.  In 2018, HAD first launched the Lifesaving Training Incentive Programme for Ethnic Minority Youths to provide them with training to acquire the Lifesaving Bronze Medallion.  When Mr. Singh Sukhwinder, who loves swimming a lot, heard about the programme through one of the HAD’s eight support service centres for ethnic minorities, he applied to it right away and went through all the trainings.  A year later in 2019, he continued his journey to become a qualified lifeguard by participating in the Pool Lifeguard Award Training Course.  After completing the intensive training, Sukhwinder and 17 other ethnic minority youngsters successfully obtained the Pool Lifeguard Award!  Shortly afterward, Sukhwinder joined the Leisure and Cultural Services Department as a seasonal lifeguard for the 2020 swimming season.    Check out Sukhwinder’s story of turning his love for swimming into his career here!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=126348732662506

The Government has exercised the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap.599J) to make a "restriction-testing declaration", by which people within the specified "restricted area" are required to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing in accordance with the arrangement by the Government.

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Fight the virus together to achieve clearing infection in the restricted zone (Chinese: 同心抗疫 小區「清零」)

Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Government continues to implement compulsory testing notices for several buildings in Yau Ma Tei

Recently, a number of confirmed COVID-19 cases were found in the district of Yau Ma Tei and Jordan over a short period of time. To cut the transmission chain, the Government has been issuing compulsory testing notices. Failing to comply with the compulsory testing notice is an offence and may be fined a fixed penalty of $5,000. The Government encourages residents in Yau Ma Tei district to undergo testing proactively and promptly, even if they are not subject to compulsory testing. Please visit the “COVID-19 Thematic Website” (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/chi/index.html ) for latest updates.

Nepali:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BJ9cNMZnsuRUqjHZLYVNMeOFbdK0Zvdp/view?usp=drivesdk
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQlZhLyzrcs&feature=emb_title


Urdu:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/15zL5S8SfrHuxGk_3Q7SaQHBWq_DxCLoY/view?usp=drivesdk
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzjkzuhInHc&feature=emb_title


Hindi:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S4fgyeCmAk-H46QcEQYbKkgjG4JnMhv5/view?usp=drivesdk
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGw61Cp1lPA&feature=emb_title

Home Affairs Department  Race Relations Unit website: (https://www.had.gov.hk/rru/english/home/index.html )
HKSAR Government Press Release (English) on January 23, 2021 : (https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202101/23/P2021012300107.htm?fontSize=1 )
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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Government has exercised the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap.599J) to make a "restriction-testing declaration", by which people within the specified "restricted area" in Jordan (i.e. an area bounded by Woosung Street to its east, Nanking Street to its south, Battery Street to its west and Kansu Street to its north. are required to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing in accordance with the arrangement by the Government. 

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Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Press release on Government gazettes compulsory testing notice

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15.1.2021

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Lifesaving Training Incentive Programme for Ethnic Minority Youths

Have you ever dreamt of turning your passion into a career?  The Home Affairs Department (HAD) has always been supportive in building the personal development of ethnic minority youths in our community.  In 2018, HAD first launched the Lifesaving Training Incentive Programme for Ethnic Minority Youths to provide them with training to acquire the Lifesaving Bronze Medallion.  When Mr. Singh Sukhwinder, who loves swimming a lot, heard about the programme through one of the HAD’s eight support service centres for ethnic minorities, he applied to it right away and went through all the trainings.  A year later in 2019, he continued his journey to become a qualified lifeguard by participating in the Pool Lifeguard Award Training Course.  After completing the intensive training, Sukhwinder and 17 other ethnic minority youngsters successfully obtained the Pool Lifeguard Award!  Shortly afterward, Sukhwinder joined the Leisure and Cultural Services Department as a seasonal lifeguard for the 2020 swimming season.    Check out Sukhwinder’s story of turning his love for swimming into his career here!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=126348732662506


(Multilingual) Updated information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Government to further expand the scope for compulsory testing

A number of confirmed cases were recently found in certain districts in Hong Kong, including Yau Ma Tei and Jordan, over a short period of time. To cut the transmission chain in the community as soon as possible, the Government is determined to strengthen 'compulsory testing on mandatory basis'.

Persons subject to testing under the compulsory testing notices should, as far as reasonably practicable, take appropriate personal disease prevention measures including wearing a mask and maintaining hand hygiene, and, unless for the purpose of undergoing the specified test, stay at their place of residence and avoid going out until the test result is ascertained as far as possible. The Government will seriously follow up on the compliance of compulsory testing notices by persons subject to compulsory testing, and continually review the compulsory testing arrangement of the above specified areas taking into account the epidemic development.

Since the infection risk in the community of the specified areas might be higher, the Government encourages residents in the areas to undergo testing proactively and promptly, even if they are not subject to compulsory testing. The mobile specimen collection stations will provide free testing services for all residents in the areas regardless of whether they are subject to compulsory testing or not.

To facilitate ethnic minorities to receive the Government’s latest epidemic prevention information, the main content of the COVID-19 Thematic Website has been translated into nine different languages, including Hindi, Nepali, Urdu, Thai, Indonesian, Filipino, Sinhala, Bengali and Vietnamese.

For more details, please refer to the website and videos:

Information on compulsory testing
https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/compulsory-testing.html
(For other most updated information, please also refer to daily press releases.)

Video - Appeal for COVID-19 Testing
(Nepali 尼泊爾文)

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