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Published: 17:07, May 21, 2022
Vaccine pass applicable to public health facilities from June 13
By Wang Zhan
Published:17:07, May 21, 2022 By Wang Zhan

A girl uses the COVID-19 contact tracing app LeaveHomeSafe to enter a shopping mall in Tseung Kwan O on Feb 21, 2022. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG – The Hong Kong government announced that people visiting non-emergency public healthcare facilities will need to use the vaccine pass starting from June 13. 

In a statement, a spokesman for the Hong Kong government said the move aims to strengthen the immunity barrier for hospitals and public healthcare facilities against COVID-19 and protect members of the public using public healthcare services.

If service users are not compliant with the vaccine pass requirements, they will be allowed to visit the designated facilities after obtaining a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test within 48 hours

The vaccine pass arrangement will be implemented in designated healthcare premises under the Food and Health Bureau, the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority but will not be applicable to facilities providing emergency or urgent medical services. 

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Designated healthcare facilities subject to the vaccine pass include specialist out-patient clinics, families clinics, government dental clinics and orthodontic clinics, methadone clinics etc.

To ensure that emergency medical services are not affected, the vaccine pass arrangement is not applicable to healthcare facilities providing emergency or urgent services, such as the accident and emergency departments.

If service users are not compliant with the vaccine pass requirements, they will be allowed to visit the designated facilities after obtaining a negative result proof of a nucleic acid test within 48 hours, the spokesman said.

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Some Hospital Authority facilities providing essential services for service users, such as hemodialysis centers and day chemotherapy centers, have implemented a same-day rapid antigen test arrangement in view of the condition of service users as an anti-epidemic measure. The vaccine pass arrangement is also not applicable to these premises, the spokesman said.

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