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Second phase of 'vaccine pass' kicks in on Saturday

The second stage of a "no jab, no entry vaccine pass" is set to begin on Saturday, requiring individuals aged 18 and older to have received at least two Covid shots to continue to use the Vaccine Pass.

Under the vaccine pass launched on February 24, only inoculated people can enter regulated premises - including restaurants, supermarkets, malls, and entertainment venues.

The second stage beginning tomorrow will require those aged 18 or above to get at least two jabs and those aged between 12 and 17 with one. Children aged under 12 will continue to be exempted from the requirement.

However, a government spokesperson said if persons aged 12 to 17 have received their first dose of the Covid vaccine more than six months ago will need to receive a second dose to continue to use the Vaccine Pass.

In addition, catering business operators and members of the public must strictly comply with a series of requirements and restrictions.

“Operators of catering businesses are required to use the ‘QR Code Verification Scanner’ mobile app developed by the Government to scan the QR code of a customer's vaccination record or Medical Exemption Certificate or recovery record to ensure compliance with the active checking requirements,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, starting from May 1, all Medical Exemption Certificates must be issued electronically by doctors via the eHealth System or the Hospital Authority's computer system. Certificates without an encrypted QR code will not be accepted.

The spokesperson added that authorities will continue to step up their inspections so as to take stringent enforcement action against operators, staff and customers of catering businesses and certain scheduled premises who defy anti-epidemic regulations during the coming long weekend.

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