MTR passes, shares draw push drive for inoculation

Top News | Staff reporters 1 Jun 2021

MTR Corp will give out 500 annual passes worth HK$10 million and a financial company will offer stocks worth HK$1.5 million as the private sector and statutory bodies launch more lotteries to encourage vaccination.

Many also followed the government's example of granting "vaccine leave" to workers, with Lan Kwai Fong Group offering six days off for inoculated staff.

MTRCL said it will give out free annual passes to 500 winners, who can enjoy unlimited rides within a year. Details will be announced later.

But the annual pass will not cover journeys on the Airport Express, MTR Feeder Bus, East Rail Line first-class premium and journeys to or from Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau stations.

Vision Finance Group said permanent residents who have had two doses can register for a lottery by September.

Fifteen winners will receive stocks of SIIC Environment Holdings, which engages in environmental businesses in the mainland, including water supply, wastewater treatment and solid waste management.

China CITIC Bank International said those who have received two doses can take out a one-month time-deposit with new funds from HK$10,000 to HK$200,000, with an interest rate of 1 percent per annum.

Those who deposit HK$200,000 will get HK$167 interest per month. The offer is valid from June 1 to September 30 for new and existing customers.

Catering sector lawmaker Tommy Cheung Yu-yan said the industry is mulling a 30 percent discount on meal tabs for two months from mid-July. More than 1,000 Chinese and Western restaurants would like to join the initiative, Cheun said.

A list of restaurants which offer the discount will be uploaded on a designated website later, with the Tourism Board helping in the promotion.

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said all 177,000 civil servants will be entitled to a day off for every jab received from today to August 31.

Those who have already been vaccinated before today can also claim one day of compensation leave per jab, to be taken by March 31 next year.

Many companies followed with similar, if not better, offers.

Lan Kwai Fong Group chairman Allan Zeman said staff who have been vaccinated can enjoy up to six days of paid leave. The group also provides medical consultation for those who have health concerns over vaccination.

The group said about half of its workforce has been vaccinated and that it is aiming for a 75 percent uptake by next month.

Ocean Park said full-time staff will enjoy two days of paid leave for completing two jabs, while part-time staff will receive two days of wage payments.

Visitors with at least one dose can redeem a set of in-park discount coupons worth HK$200 from June 3 to 30.

CLP Group said on top of giving out hotel meal vouchers and paid days off to employees, it will donate HK$200 to charities for every staff and their family member who is vaccinated. The amount of donation will be up to HK$1 million.

Statutory bodies Consumer Council, Competition Commission, Urban Renewal Authority and Construction Industry Council, among others, are offering a day of vaccination leave per dose for their employees.

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