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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

5 typhoon names added

Five new tropical cyclone names have been added to this year's list for typhoons in the western North Pacific and the South China Sea, the Hong Kong Observatory announced today.   They are Penha, Peilou, Narra, Gaenari and Bang-lang.   Penha, a name originating from China, is derived from Penha Hill, a scenic spot in Macau.   Peilou, from China, is a common migratory bird in Macau.   Narra, from the Philippines, is a species of tree.   Gaenari, from Korea, is a spring flowering shrub with yellow flowers.   Bang-lang, from Vietnam, is a flowering tree species.   The United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific/World Meteorological Organization Typhoon Committee endorsed the names at its 54th session.   They will replace the names of Vongfong, Linfa, Molave, Goni and Vamco.   The committee will consider retiring names of tropical cyclones which have caused serious casualties and economic losses.   In May 2020, Severe Typhoon Vongfong left at least 160 people injured and damaged more than 10,000 houses during its passage across the Philippines.   In October 2020, Tropical Storm Linfa brought torrential rain to Vietnam, leading to 148 deaths or missing people.   Severe Typhoon Molave hit the Philippines and Vietnam in late October 2020, resulting in at least 50 deaths, 40 injuries and 78 people missing.   Super Typhoon Goni, the most intense tropical cyclone in the western North Pacific and the South China Sea since 2013, hit the Philippines in early November 2020. It killed at least 25 people and damaged over 170,000 houses.   In mid-November 2020, Severe Typhoon Vamco brought torrential rain and squalls to the Philippines and Vietnam, leaving at least 102 people dead, 90 injured and 10 missing.
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