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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

More jab stations commissioned

The Government announced that the COVID-19 vaccination stations set up in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Caritas Medical Centre and Prince of Wales Hospital came into operation today.   Together with 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 increased to seven.   Patients visiting these hospitals for follow-up appointments and visitors can receive the BioNTech vaccine at the stations without prior booking.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip visited the vaccination station in Tuen Mun Hospital this morning to learn about its operation and listen to views from people who received the vaccination there.   In addition to noting that the Tuen Mun Hospital location is the most popular one in the first batch of stations that came into effect, Mr Nip shared that at its peak, it administers over 160 vaccine doses a day.   “As such, I would like to learn about their practical experience in person in order to better promote the services of the vaccination stations so that the services can meet the needs of the members of the public."   He pointed out that since the first batch of stations opened on September 29, they have overcome a number of difficulties.   “They have gone through the challenges related to the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal and tropical storms by making prompt responses within a short time under the co-ordination of the Central Command Centre at Central Government Offices.”   Mr Nip also attended a vaccination event for the elderly in Tuen Mun at Wu Shan Road Community Hall where participants could choose to receive the Sinovac vaccine from an outreach team on-site or take prearranged transport to get the BioNTech jab at the community vaccination centre at Yau Oi Sports Centre.   "For people who have yet to receive vaccination, in particular elderly persons, please grasp the opportunity to receive COVID-19 vaccines.   “Both COVID-19 vaccines available in Hong Kong are safe and highly effective in protecting against severe disease and death from COVID-19 infection,” he added.
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