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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

7.5k virus cases detected

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 7,596 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 3,164 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 4,432 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   Among the cases which tested positive by nucleic acid tests, two were imported and the rest were locally acquired.   Since the fifth wave of the epidemic, a total of 7,358 patients passed away, with the death rate standing at 0.65%.   Meanwhile, the Government made restriction-testing declarations to cover several buildings where sewage samples tested positive for the virus.   They include Block 7 and Block 8 of Richland Gardens in Kowloon Bay, Ching Yeung House of Cheung Ching Estate in Tsing Yi and Block 6 of Dawning Views in Fanling. People in the restricted areas must undergo compulsory testing before the specified deadline.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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