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1.8% inflation in October

Overall consumer prices rose 1.8% in October year-on-year, smaller than the 4.4% increase in September, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   Netting out the effects of the Government's one-off relief measures, the underlying inflation rate was 1.7%, slightly less than September's 1.8%.   Compared with October last year, price increases were recorded for electricity, gas and water; clothing and footwear; meals out and takeaway food; basic food; alcoholic drinks and tobacco; transport; miscellaneous services, miscellaneous goods and housing.   On the other hand, a year-on-year decrease in price was recorded for durable goods.    The Government said that underlying consumer price inflation remained moderate in October.   The year-on-year increase in food prices showed some moderation, though remained relatively fast. Prices of clothing and footwear continued to record a visible increase, while those of energy-related items rose sharply. Price pressur

Transitional vaccine pass introduced

The Government today announced that people who currently hold or have previously held a COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificate will be issued a transitional pass for them to enter premises prior to completing a vaccination course to meet Vaccine Pass requirements.   For individuals previously unfit for vaccination due to genuine medical reasons and holding a Medical Exemption Certificate, the Government said they may be considered fit for vaccination after subsequent assessment by a medical practitioner.   However, they have to wait up to six months before completing the three doses and hence will be unable able to fulfil the vaccination requirements under the Vaccine Pass within the validity period of the Medical Exemption Certificate, it added.   A Transitional Vaccine Pass is therefore issued so that they can enter Vaccine Pass applicable premises during the period when they are waiting to receive the next dose but have not yet met the pass’ vaccination requirement. The Transitional Vaccine Pass will be valid until the recommended vaccination date for the next dose of vaccine.   The transitional arrangements, to be introduced on November 22, are open to holders of Medical Exemption Certificates who are ready to start the vaccination course and those who have already started the course.   Medical Exemption Certificate holders have to update the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app to the latest version 3.5.2 so as to scan and store the QR code on the Transitional Vaccine Pass for entering relevant premises.   The Government has updated the QR Code Verification Scanner mobile app to version 4.4.5 to assist persons-in-charge of the active checking premises to identify the newly added Transitional Vaccination Pass QR code.   It reminded these persons-in-charge to update to the latest version of the QR Code Verification Scanner mobile application before November 22.

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