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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

CHP responds to media enquiries

People taking the Sinovac vaccine may not be effectively protected from COVID-19 until two weeks after their second dose, the Centre for Health Protection said today.   It made the statement in response to media enquiries on a patient of a case who received two doses of the Sinovac jab.   The 63-year-old male patient received the first and second doses of the vaccine on March 10 and April 7.   His specimen collected on April 14 tested positive for COVID-19.   The centre said it is carrying out relevant epidemiological investigations.   Based on the information from the drug company, it takes time after Sinovac vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and offer protection against the virus, the centre said.   People who took the Sinovac vaccine may not be protected effectively until 14 days after their second dose.   It also said that there is a need for members of the public to continue practising social distancing, good hand hygiene and wearing a mask in public after vaccination to reduce the risk of virus transmission.   At this time, combining the above measures with vaccination will provide the most protection against the virus, it added.
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