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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

Vaccinated staff exempt from testing

Staff of residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs), residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) and nursing homes who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course are exempted from the regular compulsory testing.   The Government made the announcement today as the Secretary for Food & Health amended the compulsory testing notice for the 14th round of compulsory testing for such staff.   According to the compulsory testing notice issued on April 26, those who are employed by and will be on duty at RCHEs, RCHDs, nursing homes and day service units attached to the premises of residential care homes between May 14 and 27 must undergo nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 during the period from April 30 to May 13.   Such a requirement also applies to those who will provide services to residents or users through hire-of-service contracts.   Those who received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine 14 days before the end of the testing period are not required to undergo the specified test.   However, they can still receive the free testing service if they voluntarily choose to undergo the test, the Government added.
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