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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

1 vaccination case reported

The Department of Health said as at 4pm today, in the past 24 hours it received one report from the Hospital Authority regarding a case admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with a suspected serious adverse event following COVID-19 vaccination.   The case involves a 51-year-old man who has history of diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia.   The patient had experienced shortness of breath since March 6 with a cough and sputum. He attended the accident and emergency department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday for treatment.   He was hospitalised with a provisional diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction and was admitted to the ICU last night for further treatment. He is in a critical condition.   The man received a dose of the CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine at Yuen Wo Road Sports Centre Community Vaccination Centre on March 3.   The department said it immediately contacted the authority to obtain more information for investigation and assessment.   It will pass the case to the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunization for causality assessment, and the assessment result will be released.   According to the vaccine's product information, patients with uncontrolled severe chronic diseases should not be given the vaccine.   For patients with acute diseases, acute exacerbation of chronic diseases, severe chronic diseases, atopy and fever, the vaccine should be used with caution. They should delay vaccination until after a doctor's evaluation if necessary.
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