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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

Jabs can replace routine testing

(To watch the full media briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   People working in places that require COVID-19 testing every two weeks will no longer need to be tested 14 days after they receive two doses of vaccine.   Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan explained to reporters this afternoon that this applies to teachers and staff at schools and construction workers.   She said: “With enough supply of vaccine doses in Hong Kong, with the consolidation of all the work that we have done so far and also with risk assessment, we have come to terms that if people have been vaccinated with two doses and after 14 days, then this can replace the regular 14-day testing for those working in scheduled premises under Hong Kong Laws Cap 599F.   “We have also communicated with the Education Bureau and the Development Bureau. Therefore for teachers, if they have been vaccinated with two doses and after 14 days, then this can also replace their current testing arrangement and the same goes for construction workers.”
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