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Health chief visits Eastern Hospital

Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau today visited Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital to get an update on the service of public hospitals.        He toured the hospital’s specialist outpatient clinic, medical ward, accident and emergency department and hyperbaric oxygen therapy centre, followed by a meeting with its management and frontline healthcare staff to learn about the service demands and manpower deployment.        Prof Lo said: "Having gone through the anti-epidemic work in the past three years, Hong Kong is on the road to full normalcy. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all healthcare staff for their efforts in performing duties and working tirelessly amidst immense work pressure to safeguard the city's healthcare system.”            Noting that Hong Kong will see a sharp rise in the number of travellers with the full resumption of normal travel with the Mainland, Prof Lo said the Government will closely monitor the development of the CO

Jab stations at 4 more hospitals set

The Government today announced that it will set up COVID-19 vaccination stations in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Caritas Medical Centre and Prince of Wales Hospital starting October 18.   The move aims to enable patients visiting the hospital for follow-up appointments and visitors to receive the BioNTech vaccination without prior booking.   In addition to the vaccination stations in Queen Mary Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Tuen Mun Hospital, which came into service last month, the number of vaccination stations will increase to seven.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said the vaccination rate for elderly people has increased recently. However, given the threat posed by mutant strains, their vaccination rate should be raised further as they have a comparatively higher risk of falling seriously ill and dying brought by COVID-19 infection.   The Government set up vaccination stations operated by medical organisations in three public hospitals as a pilot scheme.   Mr Nip noted that in the past two weeks, an average of about 200 people received vaccination at the vaccination stations every day.   After an evaluation, the Government decided to expand the scheme to enable more seniors to receive vaccination when they have their follow-up medical consultation at specialist out-patient clinics in hospitals, he added.   The vaccination stations operate from 10am to 7pm on weekdays except public holidays and the last vaccination session is conducted at 6.30pm.   Arrangements will be made for people being vaccinated to have their second dose injection at the same vaccination station or another community vaccination centre.   For those who opt for the Sinovac vaccine, they will be referred to a nearby community vaccination centre.
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