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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

Prosecutions free from interference

The Department of Justice (DoJ) today stressed that no one should interfere with prosecutorial decisions which are carried out strictly in accordance with the law.   The DoJ made the statement in response to recent comments calling for charges to be dropped against 47 people who were prosecuted under Article 22 of the National Security Law.   It reiterated that independent prosecutorial decisions are based on an objective assessment of all admissible evidence, applicable laws and the Prosecution Code, without political considerations.   Article 63 of the Basic Law stipulates that prosecutions in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region are made by the DoJ, free from any interference. Prosecutions would only be commenced if there is sufficient admissible evidence to support a reasonable prospect of conviction.   The DoJ said that any open demand for immediate release of the defendants in the course of legal proceedings is considered a disrespect of Hong Kong's judicial and legal systems, adding that it also undermines the rule of law and is seen as an attempt to meddle in Hong Kong's affairs which are China's internal affairs.   The National Security Law expressly provides that human rights, such as freedom of speech and assembly, be protected, and legal principles including presumption of innocence be respected and observed, the DoJ noted.   It also pointed out that it is inappropriate to comment further as the case's legal proceedings are still ongoing.
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