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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

COVID-19 vaccines closely monitored

The Department of Health (DH) has set up a reporting system online for healthcare professionals and the pharmaceutical industry to report adverse events following immunisations (AEFIs) of COVID-19 vaccines.   It has also written to healthcare professionals and relevant organisations, encouraging them to report suspected serious or unexpected AEFIs.   The law stipulates that it is necessary to put in place a mechanism for the monitoring of any adverse event occurring to the recipients associated with the administration of COVID-19 vaccines authorised for emergency use under the Government Vaccination Programme in Hong Kong.   The online reporting system and the move to urge to healthcare professionals to report SEFIs are in addition to the DH’s established system to receive and assess reports of AEFIs submitted by healthcare professionals and the pharmaceutical industry.   For active surveillance, the DH has also partnered with the University of Hong Kong Department of Pharmacology & Pharmacy to actively collect data of potential adverse events of authorised vaccines, in particular rare or serious adverse events of special interest from public and private healthcare facilities and conduct causality assessments.   To tie in with the aforementioned surveillance measures, the DH has established an expert committee for continuous monitoring of potential clinical events associated with COVID-19 vaccinations and to provide expert opinions and advice on the safety monitoring of authorised vaccines.   The Government is closely monitoring potential serious clinical events after immunisation of COVID-19 vaccines and committed to addressing public concerns. It is expected to release and update the data collected on the designated website from mid-March.
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