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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

1 imported COVID-19 case identified

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating one additional imported COVID-19 case involving the L452R mutant strain.   The patient is an eight-year-old girl who arrived from Korea, a medium-risk place. She tested positive at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre and is a close contact of another imported case patient.   Separately, the centre reminds specified people linked to Towers 1, 2 and 3, Hampton Place in Tai Kok Tsui to undergo mandatory testing tomorrow in accordance with a compulsory testing notice.   To provide free testing service for citizens subject to compulsory testing, the Government will reopen the mobile specimen collection station at the open-air car park on G/F, Hampton Place in Tai Kok Tsui and set up a mobile specimen collection station at Ocean Park Car Park tomorrow.   In view of patients linked to two previous imported cases who had stayed in Hong Kong during the incubation period, people who had been present at three specified premises must undergo additional testing. Those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course still need to get tested.   Furthermore, three schools where an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection or influenza-like illness occurred are covered in the same compulsory testing notice. However, people who have finished their jab course can be exempted.   A total of 41 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.
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