Hongkongers will be able to update their Covid-19 vaccination records to include date of birth, sex, and the manufacturer of the dose from next Wednesday. The changes come after the UK announced new travel regulations as of October 4, requiring a date of birth on records.
The updates will be available for both electronic and paper records. Electronic updates will be available for download from the government’s mobile applications, while paper records will be available to those who require them for travel at vaccination sites across the city.
People who wish to collect their records in person must provide a valid ID and proof of travel. Paper records will be available from the private or general outpatient clinic where the vaccination was received. Those who received their vaccinations at a community vaccination centre will be able to pick up their paper records from any of the remaining centres.
“As the reprinting of paper vaccination records takes time, those who would like to collect the updated paper vaccination records are advised to bring along all necessary documents and allow adequate waiting time. They should also visit the collection locations for reprinting at least five calendar days before travel as far as possible,” a spokesman said on Friday.
The government urged people to download their records electronically “as far as possible.”
From October 4, fully vaccinated travellers to the UK from recognised territories will be able to enter freely, while others – including those from Hong Kong – will have to undergo ten days of self-quarantine. Fully vaccinated travellers must also arrange for Covid-19 testing on their second day of arrival in the UK.
As of Friday, around 60 per cent of the eligible population in Hong Kong had been fully vaccinated.
New vaccination centres
New walk-in vaccination centres will be set up at three public hospitals as part of a campaign to boost vaccination rates among the elderly before the winter.
Walk-in services will be available at Pok Fu Lam’s Queen Mary Hospital, Yau Ma Tei’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and Tuen Mun Hospital from 10 am to 6pm on weekdays. The new centres will allow elderly patients who go to the hospital for checkups to be vaccinated without prior appointment.
“The slow growth in the vaccination rate of elderly persons is worrying. Elderly persons have comparatively higher risk of falling seriously ill and dying brought by Covid-19 infection,” Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said on Friday.
“As such, the Government will set up vaccination stations operated by medical organisations at hospitals as a pilot scheme to help elderly persons having follow-up medical consultations at specialist out-patient clinics in these hospitals to get vaccinated immediately.”
He said the government would consider opening vaccination centres at other hospitals, depending on the success of the new scheme.
Hong Kong’s infections remain low, with seven new cases reported on Friday, all of them imported. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the city has recorded 12,177 cases and 213 deaths.
Correction 25/9: A previous version of this article incorrectly suggested Hong Kong travellers to the UK would be exempt from quarantine from October 4. As of yet, the policy has not been changed.
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