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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

Minimum wage rate maintained

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Chief Executive in Council today adopted the Minimum Wage Commission's recommendation to maintain the statutory minimum wage rate at $37.5 per hour.   Secretary for Labour & Welfare Dr Law Chi-kwong made the announcement during a media session this afternoon.   He said the Government has carefully considered the commission's report and is of the view that the commission has discharged its statutory function of reviewing the minimum wage rate with thorough and balanced deliberations.   "During the whole process of the work of the Minimum Wage Commission, there are differences in views among the representatives of employers and those representing the labour side. Definitely, the range of expectation ranges from a reduction in the minimum wage to substantially increasing it.   "The commission considered all the views and struck a balance. So this recommendation to the Government and the acceptance by the Government of this recommendation basically reflects a fine balance between the difference of views."   The commission also took into account that the Hong Kong economy was in a deep recession with an elevated unemployment rate and the economic outlook is subject to an unusually high degree of uncertainty when reviewing the minimum wage rate, Dr Law added.   He said: "By late October next year, the commission will submit another report to the Government. I think that would be timely to look at the situation by that time."
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