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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

Launch of consumption vouchers

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government said today that the Consumption Voucher Scheme, announced in the 2021-22 Budget, is open for registration from July 4 to August 14 and the $5,000 will be disbursed in up to three instalments.   Hong Kong permanent residents and new arrivals aged 18 or above residing in Hong Kong can register for the vouchers.   The vouchers should be used at local retail, catering and service outlets or their online platforms, but cannot be used on government or public utility payments, study fees, financial products or donations.   Unveiling the scheme’s details this afternoon, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said: “The whole idea is to give the people of Hong Kong these vouchers for them to spend so as to also revive our economy. That is why we really want the recipients of these electronic consumption vouchers to spend the vouchers.”   The scheme will also help local small-and-medium merchants explore potential business opportunities by adopting electronic payments, he added.   Four stored value facilities, namely AlipayHK, Octopus, Tap & Go and WeChat Pay HK are designated for the registrants to receive the vouchers.   Registration can be conducted online from July 4 and those who have completed registration this way by July 17 will get the first disbursement on August 1 after the registrants’ eligibility is confirmed.   “For people using Octopus cards - depending on the date of registration - if the registration is done within the first two weeks, the first payment (of $2,000) will be on August 1 and the second payment (of $2,000) will be on October 1,” Mr Chan said.   The registrants will receive the remaining $1,000 if their cumulative totals have reached $4,000 within the specified period from the disbursement of the first consumption voucher.   Those who choose to receive the vouchers through AlipayHK, Tap & Go or WeChat Pay HK will get $2,000 first and $3,000 two months later.   Registration for the consumption vouchers can be done online or in paper format. Registration forms that can be downloaded from the thematic webpage should be completed and put in drop-boxes at designated locations together with copies of the registrants’ identity documents from July 5.
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