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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

Comirnaty COVID-19 jabs arrive

A total of 585,000 doses of the Comirnaty vaccine, jointly developed by Fosun Pharma and BioNTech, arrived in Hong Kong today.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip and Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan inspected the vaccine’s arrival at the airport.   Staff carried out stringent checks and inspections of the vaccine to ensure that it complies with the product specifications and that the transportation process follows the relevant cold-chain requirements.   As the vaccine has to be stored in a freezer at a temperature of -70 degrees Celsius, the Government has placed them in a designated storage facility.   The Government said it will open the online booking system next week for the public to make appointments to receive the Comirnaty vaccine. Detailed arrangements will be announced at a suitable time.    Noting that the Comirnaty vaccine has stringent requirements for cold-chain management and requires proper thawing procedures, the vaccine will be administered at community vaccination centres to ensure their quality and that the vaccination procedures adhere to requirements.   The seven centres operated by the Hospital Authority will open first while other centres will come into operation gradually, it added.   The first batch of the Comirnaty vaccine consists of one million doses. The remaining doses will be transported to Hong Kong in early March.   For information on COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination programme, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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