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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

BioNTech vaccination suspended

The Government today announced that it immediately suspended COVID-19 vaccinations concerning BioNTech after deviations in the vial seal were found in one batch of the vaccine.   It explained that it received written notification this morning from Fosun Industrial Co. about the deviations that involve batch 210102.   The Government noted that while BioNTech and Fosun Pharma have no reason to believe there is a risk to product safety, for the sake of prudence, vaccination of the batch concerned should be suspended pending an investigation.   It added that batch 210104 of the BioNTech vaccine should also be put on hold and not be administered as a precautionary measure to ensure vaccine safety.   The Government stated that people who have made appointments to receive BioNTech vaccination from today onwards need not go to the community vaccination centres for vaccination.   The Department of Health will hold an urgent meeting with Fosun Industrial Co. to obtain further details of the incident and discuss follow-up measures.
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