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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

Appeal decisions comply with law

All of the Department of Justice’s decisions on appeal or review are made after thorough consideration and strictly in accordance with relevant laws.   The department made the statement in response to media reports that repeatedly resort to biased language to describe its decisions on appeal or review in some criminal cases.   The appeal or review cases are then determined by the courts in accordance with the law, the statement added.   In the course of the legal proceedings, prosecutors have the duty to provide accurate and comprehensive submissions on the law to assist the courts in the determination of cases.   In respect of the sentences imposed by the courts, the department will carefully consider the relevant information, including the reports of the prosecutors and the courts' reasons for sentence.   Where appropriate, applications for review of sentence may be instituted by the department in accordance with the Magistrates Ordinance or the Criminal Procedure Ordinance.   If the court's verdict of acquittal is perverse or erroneous in point of law, the department may lodge an appeal under the Magistrates Ordinance or the District Court Ordinance.   In 2020, the department lodged 17 applications for the review of sentence under section 81A of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance. Of the 12 such applications decided last year, 11 were allowed.   The department has all along strived to ensure the proper conduct of its prosecutions and the prosecutors have always adhered to the highest of professional standards in handling criminal cases for justice to be administered with equal measure and in an even-handed manner at all times, the statement said.   Regrettably, some media, without regard to the grounds put forward by it at the hearings and the reasons for decisions set out in the courts' judgments, use biased expressions in their reports which do not truly reflect the facts, the statement added.
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