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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

Oman offers visa-free access

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport holders may visit Oman without a visa for up to 10 days, the Immigration Department announced today.   The department received notification from the Honorary Consulate of the Sultanate of Oman in Hong Kong.   Noting that Oman is along the Belt & Road, the department said the visa-free arrangement will bring greater travel convenience to Hong Kong travellers after the COVID-19 epidemic and strengthen the tourism, cultural and economic ties between the two places.   Including Oman, 168 countries and territories have granted visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to Hong Kong SAR passport holders.   Meanwhile, the Red Outbound Travel Alert issued by the Hong Kong SAR Government on March 17 last year is still in force given that the COVID-19 situation around the world is evolving rapidly.   People are strongly urged to avoid non-essential travel outside Hong Kong.
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