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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

LeaveHomeSafe app to be enhanced

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The LeaveHomeSafe mobile app's functions will be enhanced to step up the Government’s anti-epidemic efforts, Deputy Government Chief Information Officer Tony Wong said today.   During a press briefing this afternoon, Mr Wong explained that the new functions would include alerts on venues or locations under compulsory testing orders that would be sent to the user.   He emphasised that the planned enhancements aimed to boost the Government’s capability to combat COVID-19 and would not comprise users’ privacy.   “This mobile app is an exposure notification app. It was never meant to be a contact tracing tool. We did not install any tracing components in the app.   “It is purely a digital tool to assist citizens to record their visit history of different venues and to provide exposure notification, in case he or she had close contact or appeared in the same venue with a confirmed COVID-19 case.”   Mr Wong added that the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app has been downloaded over 2.96 million times, with the majority of downloads in Hong Kong.   “We did a rather comprehensive check of this mobile app’s download rate from around the world. Our finding is that over 97% of the downloads are from Hong Kong app stores. The remaining 2% to 3% are from other app stores around the world.”
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