Jab programme to expand

July 5, 2021

The Government today announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme will cover around 2,000 more visitors holding valid travel documents who have to continue staying in Hong Kong due to the epidemic.


It said the programme was expanded on public health considerations, because providing vaccination for these visitors will help prevent the virus spreading in the community and enhance Hong Kong’s overall anti-epidemic capability.


To be eligible, the visitors must be holders of valid travel documents who are allowed to stay in Hong Kong as permitted by the law, and can complete two doses of vaccination within their limit of stay without extension.


From July 6, they can bring their travel documents and the landing slips or extension of stay labels issued by the Immigration Department to any post office during office hours. Staff there will assist them to make appointments for getting their jabs in a community vaccination centre within their limit of stay.


The Government reiterated that in general, all visitors to Hong Kong must leave the city before the limit of stay expires. If there is a special or urgent need to stay longer, visitors may make an extension of stay application within seven days before their limit of stay expires. Applications made solely for the purpose of getting vaccination will not be considered.


Since the end of May, the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has covered Mainland residents holding two-way permits and will stay in Hong Kong for a period of time. The Government is also preparing to arrange for non-refoulement claimants and refugees recognised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees who are in Hong Kong to get vaccinated from around mid-July.

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