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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

HKO forecasts up to 8 typhoons

Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) Director Cheng Cho-ming today said he expects five to eight tropical cyclones to hit Hong Kong this year.   Presenting the weather outlook at a press briefing this afternoon, Mr Cheng noted it is difficult to predict the strength of the tropical cyclones.   “You asked whether these will be severe or not. I think it is difficult to say because it really depends on how close they will come to Hong Kong and how strong they will be. So it really depends on the situation, for example, whether they will intensify or whether they will come very close to Hong Kong.   “So there are a number of factors that will affect whether or not they will severely affect us.”   He added that the HKO forecasts tropical cyclone season to begin in June for Hong Kong.   “The start time of the typhoon season varies from year to year. For this year, we expect it will be June or earlier.   “Of course, for the general public, we need to be aware that we may soon expect some development of tropical cyclones. So everyone should be on the alert and look out for the latest information or warning issued by the Hong Kong Observatory.”   Reviewing last year’s weather, the Observatory noted that Hong Kong had its second warmest year since records began, with an annual mean temperature of 24.4 degrees Celsius.   Mr Cheng also announced that the HKO will incorporate a “Probability of Significant Rain” forecast into its nine-day weather forecast from today.   Starting from the second quarter of this year, the Observatory will provide basic weather information on its website in eight ethnic minority languages. It will launch the “Localised Heavy Rain Advisory” service in the same quarter.   A trial feature “My Weather Observation” on the MyObservatory mobile application will be rolled out to enable the public to report special weather phenomena.   On public education, an interactive e-book titled Tour of Tropical Cyclones will be launched for children.   A thematic webpage for the 100th anniversary of upper-air meteorological measurements by the HKO will also be set up to introduce the history.   Mr Cheng announced at the briefing that the HKO Open Day will be held online this year in view of the latest developments of the COVID-19 epidemic. The related webpage will be launched on March 26.   The Observatory will also host a live-streaming event on the webpage and its Facebook page on March 27, which will feature a sand painting performance to promote messages on climate change and extreme weather.   Results of the 2016-2020 Top 10 Mind-boggling Weather & Climate Events Selection online polling campaign will also be announced at the event.
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