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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

Anti-epidemic meeting held

A meeting on the anti-epidemic work of the Mainland and Hong Kong was held today in Shenzhen.   It was hosted by Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Deputy Director Huang Liuquan.   Chief Secretary John Lee led Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representatives to attend the meeting and exchange strategies with Mainland representatives on preventing and fighting COVID-19 as well as study the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the Mainland and Hong Kong.   Mr Huang noted that the office organised the meeting as the central government attaches great importance to the request by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on the resumption of quarantine-free travel with the Mainland.   Mr Lee thanked the central government for its support and care towards the Hong Kong SAR's efforts in preventing and fighting the virus, and for offering vital assistance on many occasions.   He also expressed gratitude to the office for arranging the meeting within a short period of time, enabling officials and experts from the Hong Kong SAR to exchange professional views with experts from the National Health Commission.   At the meeting, representatives introduced the epidemic situation, anti-epidemic strategies and policy measures in the Mainland and Hong Kong.   Mainland experts agreed with Hong Kong's determination in fighting the epidemic and reaffirmed the city's present situation of zero local infections.   Experts of both sides examined the possible risks after the resumption of quarantine-free travel.   Mr Lee expressed Hong Kong people's eagerness for the resumption and the close correlation of resuming quarantine-free travel with the economy and people's livelihood.   The two sides will further study the details and strive to hold a second meeting as soon as possible.   Mainland representatives in the meeting included those from the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR, the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Shenzhen Municipal Government.   Hong Kong SAR representatives included Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan, Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit and Director of the Chief Executive's Office Chan Kwok-ki.
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