Unjabbed HA staff to face more frequent testing

The Hospital Authority said on Wednesday that it will tighten a testing requirement for unvaccinated staff from January 4 because of a rise in Covid variant cases worldwide.

All unvaccinated staff will have to take a Covid test once every three days, outside of working hours. They will also have to pay for the tests at their own expense.

The authority also said the government’s plan to require staff to show their vaccination records when entering government buildings and offices from mid-February will cover all Hospital Authority staff, with the arrangement applying to all public hospitals and clinics.

Currently, 96 percent of HA staff have been vaccinated.

On Tuesday, the government announced that all employees who have not taken the first dose of coronavirus vaccine would have to get tested for Covid-19 every three days instead of once a week from December 28.