Hong Kong financial regulators to require staff to be vaccinated

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Hong Kong financial regulators to require staff to be vaccinated

Hong Kong’s financial regulators will require that their staff get the COVID-19 vaccine or get tested every two weeks, in line with the city’s rule for its civil servants.

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority already implemented the measure earlier this month, while the Insurance Authority, the Financial Services Development Council, the Securities and Futures Commission and the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority announced that they are planning to follow suit soon, The Standard reported.

Christopher Hui Ching-yu, Hong Kong’s secretary for financial services and the treasury, said he was delighted that various financial regulators and advisory bodies are heeding the government’s call to implement vaccination arrangements.

“It can help enormously to build a strong defence against the coronavirus and its mutant strains, and thus enable Hong Kong's economy to continue to recover," Hui said. "In fact, since the outbreak of the pandemic, Hong Kong has been by and large operating smoothly as an international financial centre and maintaining sustainable development."

According to a government spokesperson, unvaccinated government employees are required to get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks at community testing centres.