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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

COVID-19 vaccine doses outlined

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said recovered COVID-19 patients who have received a vaccine before the recommended duration may not require a second dose.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre’s Controller Dr Ronald Lam cited the vaccination recommendations for recovered COVID-19 patients which were earlier issued by the Joint Scientific Committee on Emerging & Zoonotic Disease and Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases together with the Expert Advisory Panel to the Chief Executive.   “In gist, based on scientific data, the antibodies or immunity resulting from past infection could last from six to nine months.   “So the recommendation based on such scientific data is to recommend those recovered patients, if they wish to take a vaccine, they can choose BioNTech, just for one dose as a kind of booster, at least 90 days after recovery.   “Based on the National Health Commission’s recommendation from the Mainland, for those who are recovered, they could opt for the Sinovac vaccine on or after six months after they have recovered.   “Before these recommendations were formulated, patients of a couple of these cases may have received a vaccine before the recommended duration - either for BioNTech, for example, before 90 days after they have recovered or been discharged from hospitals, or for Sinovac before six months after they have recovered and been discharged. So for these cases there is no need for them to repeat another dose of vaccine.”
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