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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 vaccine yet to arrive

The Government today said the Comirnaty vaccine jointly developed by Fosun Pharma and BioNTech cannot be shipped from Germany for arrival in Hong Kong tomorrow.   It was notified by Fosun Pharma that the export procedures for the vaccine have yet to be completed, however, the delay does not involve any issues related to the export restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines by the European Union.       The Government added that it has all along been maintaining close liaison with Fosun Pharma to strive for the vaccine’s early supply and has been actively making preparations for its arrival with a target to having the vaccine delivered to Hong Kong in late February.   Fosun Pharma confirmed that the first batch of one million doses of the Comirnaty vaccine to be supplied to Hong Kong has completed production and successfully passed the relevant safety and quality testing.   The first batch of one million doses will be delivered to Hong Kong from Germany via two flights as soon as possible.      The Government added that it will continue to actively follow up with the vaccine supplier to start the administration of the Comirnaty vaccine as soon as possible after it is delivered from BioNTech's production factory in Germany to Hong Kong.
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