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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

Quarantine orders issued

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is following up on a preliminary positive COVID-19 case that involves the N501Y mutant strain.   The centre explained that residents of Kennedy Terrace, 8 Kennedy Road in Mid-levels where the patient resided must be quarantined.   Noting that the N501Y mutant strain is with high transmissibility, the centre said it decided to carry out prudent measures on infection control and prevention to arrange a 21-day compulsory quarantine for asymptomatic residents of the building concerned to stop the potential risk of spreading the N501Y mutant strain.   Residents who are symptomatic will be sent to hospitals for treatment, it added.   Meanwhile, as the case concerned had stayed on the 6/F of Ramada Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel in Sai Ying Pun, quarantine orders will be issued to people who stayed on the same hotel floor as the patient from April 4 to 7, while those who stayed in the hotel between March 27 and April 23 are required to undergo testing by April 25.
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