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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

Budget helps ease people’s burden

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said she supports the measures in the 2021-22 Budget aiming at easing the financial burden on people and businesses.   Mrs Lam said the Financial Secretary delivered the Budget at a critical time for Hong Kong as the city strives to emerge from the unprecedented financial, economic and social challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining fiscal stability.        “I support the counter-cyclical measures announced in the Budget aiming at easing the financial burden on people and businesses while ensuring that essential public services as well as infrastructure development are maintained.”   She noted that apart from providing relief in terms of tax and rates, and extra allowances for social security and working family allowance recipients, the Budget proposed to issue $5,000 electronic consumption vouchers to Hong Kong permanent residents and new arrivals aged 18 and above.   “I believe the impact of this initiative will be felt throughout the community during these testing times, and help stimulate local consumption which has been severely dampened because of the epidemic.”        Mrs Lam also said the goal of Hong Kong achieving carbon neutrality before 2050 announced in the 2020 Policy Address has been given due regard in the Budget, adding that the continued issue of green bonds and promotion of new energy transportation will go a long way towards that objective.   The Financial Secretary has placed green and sustainable finance and the digital economy at the forefront of Hong Kong's continued pursuit to consolidate and strengthen its role as an international financial centre with the full support of the central government, she said.        The Chief Executive added the Budget has put forward effective measures to ensure prudence in public finance, which will enhance confidence in Hong Kong's fiscal strength and is conducive to maintaining the city’s monetary stability.   Mrs Lam appealed to members of the Legislative Council and society to support the 2021-22 Budget proposals to facilitate their early implementation.  
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