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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

5 imported COVID-19 cases recorded

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating five additional imported COVID-19 cases, two of which involve mutant strains, while the viral load of one case is insufficient for a mutation test and the mutation test results of the two remaining cases are pending.   Among the patients, aged 10 to 77, three of them arrived from Pakistan while the rest arrived from the US.   One patient was confirmed infected with COVID-19 during quarantine and the others tested positive upon arrival at the airport.   One of the new cases involves a 54-year-old male patient who lives at Graceful Mansion, Siena Two in Discovery Bay. He received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine on March 10 and April 8 in Hong Kong.   The patient is a cargo flight crew member. His test conducted on October 19 in Hong Kong was negative.   He left Hong Kong on October 21 for the US and returned to Hong Kong on October 25 by flight CX075. His specimen collected upon arrival at the airport tested positive for COVID-19. He has been asymptomatic.   As a prudent measure, the places where the patient resided and visited in Hong Kong during the incubation period have been included in a compulsory testing notice, the centre noted.   As Emirates flight EK384 from Dubai and Bangkok arrived on October 25 with three passengers on board confirmed with COVID-19, the Department of Health has invoked the Prevention & Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances & Travellers) Regulation to prohibit the landing of Emirates flights from Dubai and Bangkok from October 27 to November 9.   A total of 58 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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