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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

Civil servant requirement clear

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today said the requirement for civil servants is set out in the Basic Law and the laws of Hong Kong.   Speaking to the media after attending a radio programme, Mr Nip said the Government has made clear its new policy and arrangements regarding the British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) passport which will not be recognised as a valid travel document and proof of identity in Hong Kong.   “As regards civil servants holding a foreign passport or all that, we just follow what it is set out in the Basic Law and the Hong Kong laws.   “Basically, the requirement is that they have to be Hong Kong permanent residents.”
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