‘One-dose’ for first stage of age extension of Vaccine Pass, as city logs 11,091 Covid cases

Hong Kong confirmed 11,091 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, including 181 imported cases and 12 deaths.

Health authorities announced the new policy to lower the Vaccine Pass age requirement for children to five years old from 12 will be in effect from September 30 with two phases.

Kids aged five to 11 will be allowed to enter premises like restaurants and other entertainment venues only if they have gotten at least one Covid vaccine jab, according to Undersecretary for Health Libby Lee Ha-yun.

Those who received the first jabs over three months ago have to get double-vaccinated, while those who have first doses less than three months need to receive second vaccines by November 30, along with the grace period between receiving the second and the third vaccine being reduced to five months.

“We hope the shorter grace period will put forward citizens to get the third dose,” said Lee.

Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung Ho Poi-yan announced to spare more quota for children aged five to 11 for receiving BioNTech vaccines from Friday (September 9) as the new policy took effect, noting parents could make appointments online.

Eleven Covid deaths were confirmed by the Hospital Authority, while one was reported by a forensic examiner. Only three of them were triple-vaccinated, said Larry Lee Lap-yip, Chief Manager (Integrated Clinical Services) of the Hospital Authority.

Au Ka-wing, Principal Medicine & Health Officer (Epidemiology) of the Department of Health, confirmed that 1,356 cases were reported from 777 schools involving 1,163 students and 193 faculty members. 24 schools need to suspend classes for one week.

Public hospitals now accommodate 2,790 Covid-19 patients, including 315 newly admitted, 48 in critical conditions, and 39 with severe symptoms.

Hospital Authority noted 176 staff were diagnosed with Covid on Wednesday, while 75 employees have returned to work after being discharged from hospitals.