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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

Accounting body to add functions

Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Christopher Hui today welcomed the passage of the Financial Reporting Council (Amendment) Bill 2021 by the Legislative Council.   The amended ordinance, which expands the Financial Reporting Council (FRC)’s statutory functions, would enhance the regulatory regime of Hong Kong’s accounting profession, the Government noted.   Becoming a full-fledged independent regulatory body for the accounting profession, the FRC will, in the new name of Accounting & Financial Reporting Council under the new regime, perform more duties, including the issuance of practising certificates to certified public accountants, registration of accounting practice units and public interest entities auditors, and inspection, investigation and discipline work of the accounting profession. It will also oversee the Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ performance in its statutory professional functions.   Mr Hui said: “The amended ordinance brings Hong Kong’s regulatory regime of the accounting profession more in line with international developments and with increased coherence and efficiency, hence reinforcing our status as an international financial centre and business hub, and facilitating the long-term development of the profession.”   The Government will draw up the subsidiary legislation to provide for the transitional arrangements of the new regulatory regime, he added.   Meanwhile, the FRC will prepare guidelines and administrative documents in relation to its expanded powers, with the accounting profession and other stakeholders engaged in the process.   After the preparatory work has been completed, the Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury will announce in the Gazette the amended ordinance’s commencement date.
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