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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

Oct inflation up 1.7%

Overall consumer prices rose 1.7% in October year-on-year, larger than the 1.4% growth in September, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   Netting out the effects of the Government’s one-off relief measures, October’s underlying inflation rate went up 1.1% compared to a year earlier, marginally larger than the 1% recorded in September.   Compared with October last year, price increases were seen in electricity, gas and water, clothing and footwear, transport, meals out and takeaway food, durable goods, basic food, miscellaneous services and alcoholic drinks and tobacco.   On the other hand, year-on-year decreases in miscellaneous goods and housing were recorded.   The Government noted that the prices of energy-related items and certain individual items in such major consumer price index components as clothing and footwear and transport saw more visible year-on-year increases.   Price pressures on many other major components remained modest.    Looking ahead, while inflation pressure may go up somewhat in the near term, alongside a faster increase in import prices and the economic recovery, the underlying inflation should remain largely in check as domestic cost pressures are still tame, it added.
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