26 September 2023

HONG KONG: Deadline looms for vaccine refusers

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The Hong Kong Government has reiterated its hard-line stance with unvaccinated Public Servants, announcing that any officer who has not received two COVID-19 doses by 1 April will be banned from Government premises.

Authorities unveiled this new stage of the ‘no jab, no entry’ policy for Government staff.

Currently, officers with one jab are allowed to work.

Public Servants must also get a third dose before 16 May or within eight months of their second jab.

Only those with medical certificates can be exempted from vaccination requirements.

The Civil Service Bureau said close to 99 per cent of the 170,000 Public Servants had received a first dose, while one per cent did not get the jab due to medical reasons.

“Civil Servants should make the fight against the pandemic their overriding mission, no matter what their original or usual duties are,” the Bureau said in a statement.

It also urged all employers to allow staff to work from home where possible to reduce the flow of people and social contacts.

Meanwhile two more mobile vaccination stations have been set up on public housing estates.

University of Hong Kong Infectious Disease Expert, Ho Pak-leung said a vaccine coverage of 80-to-90 per cent was insufficient and that the aim should be to have everybody inoculated.

Hong Kong has adopted the Mainland China policy of ‘total eradication’ of the virus, rather than ‘living with it’ as is the case in most Western countries.

Hong Kong, 5 March 2022

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