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Birth, death registrations go online

The Immigration Department will launch new electronic services tomorrow for eligible applicants to complete the entire process of birth or death registrations online, without having to visit a registry in person.   According to the Births & Deaths Registration (Amendment) Ordinance 2023, which will take effect tomorrow, the statutory time limit for the registration of deaths from natural causes is extended from 24 hours to 14 days.   It also removes the requirement for applicants who need to register births or deaths to attend the registries in person, so as to provide a legal basis for the introduction of electronic services for these kinds of registration.   Under the new electronic services, if either parent of a newborn baby is a Hong Kong permanent resident, the parents may submit an application for a birth registration online within 42 days after the birth of their legitimate child.   They may apply for a birth certificate at the same time and choose to receive it by

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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