Earlier, it was reported that the government intends to introduce vaccine passports, requiring citizens to be vaccinated before they can enter restaurants and premises. This has aroused social opposition.
The Secretary for Food and Health, Chen Zhaoshi, said yesterday that it is still under study.
Hong Fanyi, a clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, stated on the Hong Kong and Taiwan program "Millenniums" this morning (30th) that in response to the Omicron variant virus, Hong Kong’s foreign import prevention measures are sufficient, but there are still three adults who have not been vaccinated. It is necessary to push the vaccine passport, and before entering restaurants and theaters, injections are required, and the vaccination rate is expected to reach 90% or more.
Kong: Expect the inoculation rate to reach 90% or above to clear customs with the mainland and foreign countries
Kong Fanyi said that in response to the Omicron variant virus, returning to Hong Kong from ultra-high-risk areas must first go to the Penny's Bay Quarantine Center for 7 days, and then continue to undergo hotel quarantine.
However, he believes that the only shortcoming in Hong Kong at present is that there are still three adults who have not been vaccinated. It is absolutely necessary to issue vaccine passports. When entering restaurants and theaters, they should have been injected. Hope that the vaccination rate will reach 90% or above. Mainland and foreign customs clearance.
Regarding the possible expansion of vaccine passports to all restaurants in Hong Kong, the director of the Center for Bioethics of CUHK organized on the same program and stated that any anti-epidemic policy should increase public discussion. It is not an ethical issue, but out of respect and a better understanding of the people’s sentiments.
District formation: The government should consider whether the new measures are exploiting the relevant freedom of the citizens
Ou Jiecheng said that although there is no objective definition of "fundamental freedom", the government should consider whether it has deprived the citizens of relevant freedoms when introducing new measures.
He cited, for example, that there are reports citing government sources saying that the elderly need injections when they see their grandchildren, which may not be in line with human sentiment.
He also said that there are differences in the epidemic situation in different regions, and policies cannot be directly compared. For example, in order to increase the vaccination rate, and then follow up with the introduction of measures, there will be reservations about this.
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