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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

Govt seeks talented youths

The Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth started phase four of its recruitment today.   The number of participating committees has been increased from 10 to 15, covering a wider spectrum of policy areas. Each of the committees will offer two seats for appointment.   Young people aged 18 to 35 who want to serve the community are invited to nominate themselves to join.   Those interested should have a strong commitment to serve the community, good understanding of the policy area concerned, and good analytical and communication skills.   Applications close on May 26 and scheme details are available on the Home Affairs Bureau website.    Applicants must write no more than 600 words or provide a video or audio clip to explain, in either Chinese or English, their suitability for the committee they choose.   The Home Affairs Bureau said around 400 posts are currently held by young people who have been appointed to advisory and statutory bodies through the scheme.   The overall ratio of youth members in these bodies has increased from 7.8% in 2017 to the current 13.7%, gradually approaching the target of 15% set by the current-term Government, it added.
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