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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

Inbound traveller jab rules adjusted

The Government announced today that COVID-19 vaccination requirements for inbound travellers will be adjusted from October 29.   Under the adjusted requirements, inbound travellers aged 12 to 17 who have received one dose of the BioNTech vaccine at least 14 days ago are deemed to have complied with the requirements of completing the COVID-19 vaccination course under boarding and quarantine requirements.   From October 29, Hong Kong residents of this age range who hold a recognised vaccination record of one BioNTech vaccine dose and have stayed in Group A specified places on the day of boarding for/arrival in Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day are allowed to board flights for Hong Kong.   Upon arrival in Hong Kong, they are still required to undergo a 21-day quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel with compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival.   If the relevant people have stayed in Group B specified places on the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day, they are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine in a designated hotel and compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival.   If they have only stayed in Group C specified places on the day of boarding for/arrival in Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day, they are required to undergo a seven-day quarantine in a designated hotel and compulsory testing on the ninth, 12th, 16th and 19th days of arrival.   The adjusted requirements also allow Hong Kong residents who have received one dose of a recognised COVID-19 vaccine and hold a recognised vaccination record to board for Hong Kong from Group A specified places if they are certified by a medical practitioner for being unfit to receive the second dose on health grounds.   Inbound travellers from Group A specified places must also present at boarding the aforementioned certificate issued by a medical practitioner who is registered in Hong Kong or at the place where the vaccine was administered, in addition to other requirements applicable to this group.   Upon arrival in Hong Kong, they are still required to undergo a 21-day quarantine in a designated hotel and compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival.   Those who arrive from Group B or Group C specified places must undergo compulsory quarantine and testing in accordance with requirements applicable to non-fully-vaccinated people. In other words, they have to undergo 21 or 14 days of compulsory quarantine in a designated hotel respectively without any shortening of the quarantine period.   Click here for details.
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