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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

12 COVID-19 cases detected

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 12 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 10 are locally transmitted.   Among the local cases, three have unknown sources of infection including a 35-year-old Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) hair stylist.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Principal Medical & Health Officer Dr Albert Au noted that the stylist worked in a crowded environment that could advance the spread of the virus.   “Regarding the RTHK hairdresser, when we performed an epidemiological investigation, we found that the COVID-19 related case worked in a powder room with around 300 to 400 sq ft which can accommodate up to 20 to 30 people inside the room. So it is quite a crowded environment to work in.   “During his work he would style hair for the guests and performers and would also use the hair dryer and aerosol gel spray."   Dr Au explained that all those who came into contact with the hair stylist are considered close contacts who require follow-up action.   “First of all, his co-workers working in the same powder room will be regarded as close contacts and also those who were served by him during this infectious period from February 9 to 11. And third, for other guests or performers who stayed inside this room during his presence and without masks or engaged in activities inside the room, they will be regarded as close contacts.   “So we consider all three categories of people I mentioned as close contacts in order to prevent any further spread in the community.”   The Government announced that it will set up mobile specimen collection stations at 15-17 Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Shek Lei Community Hall, Saddle Ridge Garden in Ma On Shan and Metro City in Tseung Kwan O tomorrow.   Meanwhile, the service period of the mobile specimen collection station at Wong Chuk Hang Sports Centre will be extended to February 21.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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