HONG KONG - Starting next Monday, visitors and day patients would be exempted from regular or advance virus testing if they have completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccination for more than 14 days and present a valid vaccination record, said the Hospital Authority.
"Real-world data from all over the world shows that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective. With compliance with other infection control measures, fully vaccinated people will have a low risk of transmitting the disease in the hospitals," a spokesman for the HA said in a statement issued on Friday evening.
About 3.13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the Hong Kong public since the rollout of the citywide vaccination program on Feb 26
The new rule applies to both compassionate and emergency visits, as well as special visit arrangements in a non-acute hospital.
Currently, to minimize the infection risk for inpatients and staff, one-off visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test result obtained within 72 hours before the scheduled visit. Regular visitors can choose to conduct weekly testing. Compassionate or emergency visitors can also opt to perform a rapid antigen test within 24 hours before the visit, or perform a rapid antigen test immediately after the visit.
The exemption is also applicable to all-day patients who have completed two doses of vaccination in using ambulatory services, the spokesman said.
About 3.13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the Hong Kong public since the rollout of the citywide vaccination program on Feb 26.
About 1.88 million residents have received their first dose while some 1.25 million have been fully vaccinated with two doses, according to a statement released by the government late Friday.
The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centers is about 97 percent, while it is 98 percent for the BioNTech one.
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