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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

Govt will remain subject to scrutiny

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today dismissed suggestions that improving Hong Kong's electoral system would result in the Government no longer being monitored.   Speaking to the media this evening, Mrs Lam said the changes were not aimed at making the Legislative Council more supportive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.   “The Legislative Council has very important constitutional duties under the Basic Law. There are also something that I attach a lot of importance to, and that are checks and balances.   “The executive needs to be monitored and scrutinised by the Legislative Council, whether in terms of enactment of legislation, in terms of answering questions from them or putting funding proposals to the Legislative Council.   “All these will not be changed because we are not dealing with making the Legislative Council more supportive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.   “We are just making sure that the Legislative Council, being such an important political structure in the Hong Kong SAR, is supporting 'one country, two systems', will not do anything to undermine national security and will continue to allow Hong Kong to move forward.   “So I just do not see how - by improving the electoral system in Hong Kong or even by expanding the number of Legislative Council members from 70 to 90 - the Hong Kong SAR Government will not be monitored, will not be put under these checks and balances. They will continue.”
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