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Xia Baolong begins HK visit

CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong today arrived in Hong Kong for a seven-day inspection visit.   Upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport this morning, Mr Xia toured the Integrated Airport Centre in the company of Chief Executive John Lee, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) Chairman Jack So.   Mr Xia was updated by Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam, on the developments of the aviation industry and the latest situation of Hong Kong's development as an international aviation and cargo hub. Mr Xia also inspected the operation of autonomous vehicles at the airport.   In the afternoon, he had an engagement session with Principal Officials and Permanent Secretaries of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government led by Mr Lee.   At another engagement ses

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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