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Published: 18:01, February 24, 2022 | Updated: 18:06, February 24, 2022
Residents say HK 'Vaccine Pass' reassuring
By Chen Shuman, Calvin Ng
Published:18:01, February 24, 2022 Updated:18:06, February 24, 2022 By Chen Shuman, Calvin Ng

At the entrance to a wet market in Tseung Kwan O, a senior couple took out their phones and scanned the QR code with their LeaveHomeSafe apps to mark their visit. But unlike previous visits, this time the app confirmed that they had been vaccinated.

The difference came as the city’s “vaccine pass” program came into effect on Thursday. The program requires residents to show vaccination proof — either in electronic or paper form — before entering 23 types of regulated premises, including restaurants, supermarkets, shopping malls, and entertainment venues.

The HKSAR government will do spot checks on places like malls and supermarkets. Premises such as restaurants are required to make sure that they either are vaccinated or have a medical exemption certificate

The government will do spot checks on places like malls and supermarkets. Premises such as restaurants are required to make sure that they either are vaccinated or have a medical exemption certificate.

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A 35-year-old mother surnamed Fung said she will still use the vaccine-pass function to protect the family’s health, although she was not approached to have her record checked when entering the wet market.

The same goes for a 38-year-old salesman surnamed Lau, who said it is personally reassuring to scan before entering shopping malls and wet markets, given the severe pandemic situation.

A retired senior couple surnamed Lee, who are in their 60s, had to ask their children to help them save their vaccination records on their apps before the vaccine pass requirement came into effect.

They said that after that was done, the vaccine pass has been easy to use in wet markets as the scanning procedure is the same as before.

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The couple said it is good to see the central government lend a helping hand to Hong Kong, when the city is unable to finish this task alone, to build the makeshift hospitals in the city.

The SAR government could also seek the central government’s help in a full lockdown of the city to go with the mass testing planned in March, they said.


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