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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 cases assessed

The Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation assessed six death cases with history of vaccination during its meeting today.   As of March 28, the Department of Health received a total of 13 death reports with history of COVID-19 immunisation from the Hospital Authority.   The cases involve nine men and four women aged between 55 and 80. Existing information indicates that most of these cases died of cardiovascular diseases.   Six of the cases were assessed in today's meeting.   The first case involves a 55-year-old woman who passed away on March 6. The full autopsy report indicated that the patient died of acute myocardial infarction due to aortic dissection. Other investigation results did not reveal any possible immunological reactions due to vaccine.   The committee considered that there was no causal relationship between the deceased's outcome and COVID-19 vaccination.   Four other cases involve four men aged between 59 and 66. Their preliminary autopsy findings were coronary artery disease, ruptured myocardial infarction and coronary thrombosis, coronary and hypertensive heart disease, as well as coronary artery disease with acute ischaemia.   Together with the remaining case who died of acute myocardial infarction, the committee considered that the outcomes of the deceased were not directly associated with COVID-19 vaccination.
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