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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

Rapid test to combat drug driving

Police will adopt the Rapid Oral Fluid Test from February 19 as a preliminary on-site drug test for drivers involved in traffic accidents and offences or suspected of drug driving.   Authorised police officers will use the instrument to detect whether a driver’s oral fluid contains specified drugs, including heroin, ketamine, MDMA, cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamine.    Drivers who fail the test will be required to provide blood or urine samples for further tests.   Police Traffic Branch Headquarters Acting Senior Superintendent Ng Hoi-wai told the media this afternoon that the instrument is highly accurate and more efficient compared with traditional testing methods.   Mr Ng said: “My personal estimation for the Drug Influence Recognition Observation by the roadside in a traditional method will take our police officers about half an hour, but the current device will take a maximum of eight to 10 minutes.   “I think the number one improvement is the timing, another one is the objectivity.”   Refusing a Rapid Oral Fluid Test or driving under the influence of drugs is a criminal offence. Drivers will be liable to a maximum fine of $25,000, three years’ jail and disqualification from driving.
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