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Flu jab booking set

Community vaccination centres (CVCs) in various districts will offer free seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) to Hong Kong residents aged 50 or above when they are there for COVID-19 vaccination starting from October 6.   The Government announced today that eligible people can make reservations for receiving both COVID-19 vaccination and SIV through the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme booking system starting from 9am tomorrow.   They may also choose to receive the free SIV on site when they are receiving the COVID-19 jab starting from October 6.   Given that local seasonal influenza activity has been staying at low levels since February 2020, the overall immunity against influenza in the community is at present relatively low, the Government noted.   As the winter flu season is approaching, citizens are strongly urged to complete the recommended dosage of COVID-19 vaccines and the latest seasonal influenza vaccine as early as possible to obtain better protection in the event of

6.9k tested in restricted area

About 6,900 people underwent testing at the temporary specimen collection stations in the specified restricted area in Jordan yesterday according to preliminary records, the Government said today.   The Government made a restriction-testing declaration and issued a compulsory testing notice in respect of the Jordan restricted area, requesting people subject to compulsory testing to take the test before midnight yesterday.   Speaking to the media after inspecting the restricted area this morning, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung thanked the residents for their co-operation and understanding.   He added that the Government is confident the restrictions will be lifted by 6am tomorrow.   “On the basis of what’s happening now, we have confidence that we should be able to do it. Because we have already done screening for around 7,000 people yesterday in terms of COVID-19 testing. I think the number of people coming out today would be relatively small, so the labs can handle the testings.”   Working staff from the Government visited more than 3,240 households in the restricted area yesterday, involving around 6,200 residents. Details of the residents were registered to facilitate follow-up on testing condition in the future.   Home visits will continue today and those who have not undergone testing will be arranged to take the test at specimen collection stations.   Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui joined Mr Cheung during the inspection of the restricted area and emphasised that residents' needs are being met.   “In Hong Kong, we do have meal services for the needy, people with special needs and the elderly. So during this operation, we do have that service. And we do have several hotlines including one for ethnic minorities as well. For any special cases, we would be on the ground to handle them. Basically, we try to accommodate people as best as we can.”
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