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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

Jab stations at 4 more hospitals set

The Government today announced that it will set up COVID-19 vaccination stations in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Caritas Medical Centre and Prince of Wales Hospital starting October 18.   The move aims to enable patients visiting the hospital for follow-up appointments and visitors to receive the BioNTech vaccination without prior booking.   In addition to the vaccination stations in Queen Mary Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Tuen Mun Hospital, which came into service last month, the number of vaccination stations will increase to seven.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said the vaccination rate for elderly people has increased recently. However, given the threat posed by mutant strains, their vaccination rate should be raised further as they have a comparatively higher risk of falling seriously ill and dying brought by COVID-19 infection.   The Government set up vaccination stations operated by medical organisations in three public hospitals as a pilot scheme.   Mr Nip noted that in the past two weeks, an average of about 200 people received vaccination at the vaccination stations every day.   After an evaluation, the Government decided to expand the scheme to enable more seniors to receive vaccination when they have their follow-up medical consultation at specialist out-patient clinics in hospitals, he added.   The vaccination stations operate from 10am to 7pm on weekdays except public holidays and the last vaccination session is conducted at 6.30pm.   Arrangements will be made for people being vaccinated to have their second dose injection at the same vaccination station or another community vaccination centre.   For those who opt for the Sinovac vaccine, they will be referred to a nearby community vaccination centre.
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