Hong Kong pushes for weekly COVID-19 test for public workers
In addition, government employees who have not received at least one COVID-19 dose of the vaccine are required to pay for the mandatory tests out of their own pockets, the Secretary for Civil Service, Patrick Nip, said in a television interview.
He said the tightened measure is intended to boost Hong Kong’s vaccination rate.
Around 69% of the population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines, Nip said, adding that the vaccination rate for the elderly had seen a significant increase over the past month or so.
He also revealed that about 35,000 people had booked their third dose of COVID-19 vaccine under the government’s booster shot scheme.
In addition, Nip also said it would be reasonable for the government to grant a day of vaccination leave to its employees for receiving the third dose, adding that details would be announced in due course.
People with compromised immune systems, like cancer patients, can get a third dose of the vaccine 28 days after completing the two-dose regimen, while those over 60 years old and those who face a higher risk of infection at their workplace can do so six months after their second jab, according to RTHK.