Expanded walk-in inoculations ‘going smoothly’

People have begun taking advantage of expanded walk-in inoculations at Hong Kong’s 21 community vaccination centres on Wednesday. Anyone wanting a Covid-19 jab can collect a same-day ticket from 7:45am each morning and no longer need to go online to make advanced bookings. Some people told RTHK that they found...

Walk-in jabs extended to all those eligible

The government has announced that everyone aged 12 or above can receive walk-in jabs at 21 community vaccination centres from Wednesday. A government spokesman said the centres would distribute 'same-day tickets' from 7.45am every day on a first-come, first-served basis. "The same-day ticket arrangement has been operating smoothly since its...

‘Arrested students urged people not to use govt app’

National security police on Monday arrested three people linked to the localist group Student Politicism on suspicion of conspiracy to incite subversion, with officers seizing boxes of M&M's, hand cream and other products as evidence. The suspects, who are aged between 18 and 20, include the group's convenor Wong Yat-chin...

Vaccination rate drops to worrying level: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Wednesday that the number of people taking the coronavirus jabs recently has dropped to a “worrying” level, as she again urged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible if they want to have quarantine-free travel to the mainland. Speaking at a question and...

Let young children take Sinovac, says govt adviser

The head of a government advisory body on Covid-19 vaccines has proposed allowing children as young as six to take Sinovac jabs. Lau Yu-lung said on Tuesday that this would be among ideas for discussion at a meeting of the Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases next week. Currently in...

Govt to phase out deep-throat saliva tests

The government said late on Tuesday it's moving to phase out the use of self-collected deep throat saliva tests in favour of nasal and throat swabs taken by professionals in an effort to improve the effectiveness of mandatory Covid-19 testing. From Wednesday, anyone subject to a compulsory testing notice because...

HK people live long because not many smoke: study

University of Hong Kong researchers say they've found that the territory's low smoking rate is the most important reason why Hongkongers typically live longer than people from other high-income places. Since 2013, Hong Kong has had the longest life expectancy in the world. In 2020, it was 82 for men...

Elderly happy with new voucher scheme service centres

Elderly people say they've had a much smoother time resubmitting their applications for the government's consumption vouchers after three additional centres came into operation on Monday. There were chaotic scenes in Mong Kok last week as scores of people whose applications for the HK$5,000 handout were rejected scrambled to submit...

Police arrest 2,300 people in triad crackdown

Police on Monday said they had arrested more than 2,300 people in an annual anti-triad joint operation with their Macau and Guangdong counterparts. During the campaign, code-named "Thunderbolt 21," officers raided about 2,000 venues, including illegal gambling centres, bars, party rooms as well as vice dens. They also seized weapons...

Let young children take Sinovac, says govt advisor

The head of a government advisory body on Covid-19 vaccines has proposed allowing children as young as six to take the Sinovac jabs. Lau Yu-lung said on Tuesday that this would be among ideas for discussion at a meeting of the Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases next week. Currently...

Elderly people queue up for spending vouchers

A long queue snaked around streets near a government office in Mong Kok on Thursday as hundreds of elderly people flocked to submit additional documents to get the government’s electronic spending vouchers. The authorities have extended the registration deadline by two weeks to September 15, after many senior citizens complained...

Elderly people ‘shortchanged over spending vouchers’

Dozens of angry elderly citizens have vented their anger at a government office in Mong Kok after they found out their applications for the HK$5,000 spending voucher failed. Some 800,000 people who submitted written applications for the electronic vouchers received the first installment of HK$2,000 on Wednesday, but some elderly...

Expert doubts public ban for the unvaccinated

Respiratory medicine expert Leung Chi-chiu on Monday warned against barring unvaccinated people from public venues as a means to boost vaccination, saying this could lead to a backlash and even put elderly people and chronically ill patients at higher health risks. Leung’s comments came after Civil Service Secretary, Patrick Nip,...

New virus variant found in S. Africa has concerning mutations

A healthcare worker checks the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 jabs which are ready to be administered inside a Transvaco vaccine train stationed at the Springs Train Station outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Aug 25, 2021. (PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP) ADDIS ABABA / TUNIS / DAR ES SALAAM / ATHENS / BERLIN / RABAT / LONDON...