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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

Smart prison allegations unfounded

The Correctional Services Department strongly condemns the Stand News for smearing and demonising the smart prison management model, misleading the public and attempting to influence the modernisation process of correctional institutions.   In a statement today, the department said it has been actively developing the smart prison management model with Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution as the first generation of a smart prison.   The department said reports by the Stand News discrediting the smart prison management model based on non-refoulement claimants' allegations against the institution are unfounded.   It pointed out that since the commencement of the operation of the institution in late May, some claimants have disregarded discipline and committed a number of disciplinary violations and two collective illicit activities against the management occurred on June 20 and August 19.   The management immediately took corresponding action to combat the illicit activities.   The department reiterated that correctional officers will continue to be vigilant in their duties and enforce the law strictly and will not tolerate any acts that are unlawful and violate discipline. Plus, the department will not be afraid of any smearing allegations.   It also noted that since its commencement of operation, all systems have been operating normally and all aspects have achieved the desired results. Various stakeholders have also benefited from the new model.   The department will continue to promote the smart prison management model to other correctional institutions as planned.   It emphasised that any claimant who is dissatisfied with their treatment during detention may lodge their complaints through various channels. The department will act in accordance with the law and will never succumb to the much-hyped unfounded accusations.
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