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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

HK records 12 COVID-19 cases

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 12 additional COVID-19 cases, one of which is locally transmitted and epidemiologically linked with a local case.   The new local case involves an 84-year-old man who lives in Block 2, Oi Fai House, Yau Oi Estate, Tuen Mun. His unit is adjacent to a previously confirmed case on the same floor.   The centre explained that it is proactively following up to investigate whether the infections of the cases are related.   Given environmental contamination on the same floor of the building cannot be excluded, the Department of Health will issue quarantine orders to all remaining asymptomatic residents on the 8th floor of Block 2, Oi Fai House in Yau Oi Estate and transfer them to quarantine centres while symptomatic residents will be sent to the hospital for treatment.   Separately, the centre is continuing its investigation of a confirmed case announced yesterday. The 31-year-old woman was a staff member working at a clinic located at the Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central.   The centre has arranged the close contacts of the case, including clinic staff and patients, to undergo quarantine. It also called on people who had been present at the clinic to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test.   Among the imported cases, seven arrived from India, three from the Philippines and one from the US.   A total of 175 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, including 37 local ones, of which 12 have unknown infection sources.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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