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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

Insurance authority review welcomed

Financial Secretary Paul Chan today welcomed the publication of the first Annual Report of the Process Review Panel for the Insurance Authority.    Mr Chan said the panel plays an important role in enhancing the accountability of the authority in the exercise of its regulatory powers.   In its inaugural term, the panel conducted a comprehensive review of the internal procedures and operational guidelines of the authority through detailed examination of selected cases.    The process review panel selected and reviewed 30 cases, which straddled various regulatory functions of the authority, including complaint handling, authorisation of insurers, licensing of intermediaries and exercise of statutory power. It made a number of observations and recommendations to the authority for its consideration.   The report, which is the first one of the panel summarising its work and recommendations, is conducive to ensuring the authority exercises its regulatory powers in a fair and consistent manner.   The panel is an independent panel established with the approval of the Chief Executive.   The panel reviews and advises the authority on the adequacy of its internal procedures and operational guidelines governing the actions taken and operational decisions made by the authority and its staff in the performance of it regulatory functions.   Click here for the report.
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