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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

San Po Kong restricted area set

The Government made a restriction-testing declaration today to require people within the specified restricted area in San Po Kong to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing for COVID-19 from 8.30pm.   The restricted areas include Cambridge Building at 6-24A Kam Wing Street, Tong Seng Mansion at 1-33 Kam Wing Street and 5-7 Yin Hing Street.     After risk assessment, the Government decided to issue a restriction-testing declaration for the restricted area to achieve the goal of zero cases in the district with concerted efforts.   It explained that the risk of infection in the area may be higher as there was a confirmed case recorded in Cambridge Building recently, and subdivided units are common in the two relatively old buildings.   The Government will set up temporary specimen collection stations at the restricted area and request people subject to compulsory testing to get tested before 2am.   They will be arranged to undergo a nucleic acid test at specimen collection stations where staff will collect samples through combined nasal and throat swabs.    The Government will arrange door-to-door specimen collection for people with impaired mobility and seniors.   It aims to finish these exercises by around 7am tomorrow.   Those who have undergone testing from February 21 to 23 and can provide the SMS notification or related certification containing the test results are not required to be tested again. But they have to stay in their premises until all people in the area have been tested and the test results are mostly ascertained.    According to the compulsory testing notice issued today, those who had been at these buildings for more than two hours from February 10 to 23, even if they were not present in the restricted areas when the declaration took effect, must undergo compulsory testing by February 25.    The Government has prepared simple food and basic cleaning tools for the residents restricted by the declaration. The Wong Tai Sin District Office has set up a hotline 9617 0211 for these residents to make enquiries and seek assistance. The Social Welfare Department will also assist those affected.

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