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Most children unaffected by vaccine pass extension

2022-09-30 HKT 16:50
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  • Children as young as five are required to scan their vaccination records before entering places like restaurants. Photo: RTHK
    Children as young as five are required to scan their vaccination records before entering places like restaurants. Photo: RTHK
Parents were on Friday required to scan the vaccine records of their children when they entered regulated premises, as the vaccine pass arrangement is being extended to youngsters between the age of five and 11.

The new rule means these children need to have at least received one Covid jab to enter premises that actively check the vaccine pass, such as restaurants, libraries, swimming pools, and sports venues.

Many parents told RTHK that the new policy didn’t affect their children very much as they’ve already been jabbed.

“The policy is okay. Because they have to get triple-jabbed in order to join extra curricular activities at school anyway. So they are fully inoculated already,” one mother, surnamed Lee, said.

Another parent, surnamed Tsang, said he finds a new function that allows him to store his daughter's vaccine record on his LeaveHomeSafe app handy.

“It’s not very troublesome. I have to scan the vaccination record anyway. It doesn’t matter for me to add my daughter’s record. It’s just for our safety after all,” he said.

However, some parents were unaware of the updated vaccine pass arrangement and were barred from entering a food court in Kowloon Tong.

“I’ve forgotten. My son hasn’t put his record into the app yet, but he is fully vaccinated,” a mother said.

Another carer surnamed Lung, said the child she takes care of hasn't been vaccinated yet.

“I guess she will receive a dose in these few days, or else she can’t go anywhere,” she said.