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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

Virus tests in restricted areas end

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercises and enforcement operations for the restricted areas in Tsuen Wan finished today. A total of about 1,195 residents were tested and no confirmed COVID-19 cases were found.   It exercised the power under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation on April 19 to make restriction-testing declarations to require people within the specified restricted areas at Fu Yung Building and Block 4 of Belvedere Garden Phase 2 to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   The Government also issued compulsory testing notices to those who had been at these buildings for more than two hours from April 6 to 19 to undergo mandatory testing by April 21 even if they were not at the buildings when the declarations took effect.   About 280 residents in Fu Yung Building and about 915 people in Block 4 of Belvedere Garden Phase 2 were tested.   The Government also checked about 595 residents' test records during the enforcement operations for the two buildings. Ten people were found to have not undergone mandatory testing and were issued with a compulsory testing order.   Additionally, the Government assigned staff to visit around 420 households in the buildings, of which about 30 did not answer the door. These include some households with confirmed cases or are undergoing quarantine and some units that are possibly vacant.   Those who did not answer the door are urged to contact the Government to arrange testing as soon as possible.
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