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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

Vaccination case reported

The Department of Health said as at 4pm today, in the past 24 hours it received a report from the Hospital Authority of a death case with suspected serious adverse event following COVID-19 vaccination.   The case involved a 59-year-old man. He was found unconscious in Sai Kung by hikers today and did not respond to resuscitation after being sent to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital by the Government Flying Service.   The man received the BioNTech vaccine at Choi Hung Road Badminton Centre Community Vaccination Centre on March 18 and there was no record of him feeling unwell during observation at the vaccination centre.   The department said it immediately contacted the authority to obtain further information for investigation and assessment.   It will pass the case to the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation for causality assessment.
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