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COVID-19 Vaccination Programme further extends to cover all eligible visitors
     The Government announced today (July 5) that, given public health considerations, the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has, since the end of May, covered Mainland residents who are holders of the Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao and will stay in Hong Kong for a period of time. The Government is also preparing to arrange for non-refoulement claimants and refugees recognised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees who are in Hong Kong to be vaccinated starting from around mid-July. The coverage of the Vaccination Programme is now further extended to other visitors who are allowed to stay in Hong Kong for a period of time as permitted under the law (hereinafter referred to as "other visitors").
     A Government spokesman said that at present, there are over 2 000 other visitors who are holding valid travel documents and have to continue to stay in Hong Kong owing to the COVID-19 epidemic. On public health considerations, providing vaccination for these other visitors will help prevent the spread of the virus in the community and thus enhance Hong Kong's overall anti-epidemic capability. 
     Other visitors who will be covered by the Vaccination Programme must be holders of valid travel documents who are allowed to stay in Hong Kong as permitted by the law, and can complete two doses of vaccination within their limit of stay without extension. From July 6, they can bring their travel documents and the landing slips or extension of stay labels (applicable to other visitors with extension of stay) issued by the Immigration Department to any post office (except mobile post offices) during office hours and the staff will assist them in making appointments for completing two doses of vaccination in the 29 Community Vaccination Centres within their limit of stay.
     In general, all visitors to Hong Kong must depart Hong Kong on or before the expiry date of their limit of stay. If there is a special or urgent need to stay longer, visitors may make an extension of stay application within seven days before their limit of stay expires. Applications will be considered on individual merits, but those made solely for the purpose of getting vaccination will not be considered.
Ends/Monday, July 5, 2021
Issued at HKT 15:00
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