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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

19 COVID-19 cases identified

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today announced it is investigating 19 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 16 are locally transmitted. Six of the cases are untraceable.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Communicable Disease Branch Principal Medical & Health Officer Dr Albert Au said the cases comprise nine males and 10 females, aged between two and 83.   Of the linked cases, three are from the Hong Kong International Airport Three-runway System construction site cluster, Dr Au said, adding they are site workers' close contacts.   Additionally, five buildings with one or more new confirmed cases were included in the compulsory testing notices. Those who had been at these buildings for more than two hours from January 24 to February 6 have to undergo testing by February 8.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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