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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

CE views HKDSE exam centre

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today visited Clementi Secondary School to learn about its anti-epidemic measures put in place to protect the health and safety of candidates and examination personnel.   The school is one of the examination centres of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination which starts tomorrow.   Mrs Lam said: “Despite the fluctuating COVID-19 epidemic situation and the myriad challenges brought about over the past two years or so, the Government has been closely liaising and co-operating with the Hong Kong Examinations & Assessment Authority (HKEAA) and the academic sector to make timely decisions to ensure the smooth conduct of the examination.”   With the central government’s staunch support and the community’s concerted effort, the fifth wave of the epidemic is gradually being brought under control, she added.   “This wave has shown a continuous downtrend after reaching the peak in early March, creating necessary conditions for the commencement of the HKDSE Examination tomorrow.   “In order to manage the risks brought by this wave to candidates and examination personnel, the Government, jointly with the HKEAA and academic sector, has introduced a series of measures to enable candidates to sit for the examination as scheduled after detailed deliberation over the past few months.”   To mitigate infection risks, candidates and examination staff must perform a rapid antigen test (RAT) and only those who get a negative test result will be allowed to enter the examination centres. In this connection, the Education Bureau has allocated additional resources worth about $20 million to provide RAT kits through the HKEAA.   Furthermore, upon arrival at the centres, candidates’ health declaration form, body temperature and identity will be checked. The seats have been spaced at an appropriate distance at the examination venues which are also well ventilated.   Meanwhile, special measures have been implemented to take care of candidates affected by the epidemic.   For virus tests during restriction-testing declaration operations, priority will be accorded to HKDSE Examination candidates residing in a restricted area.   If candidates are identified as close contacts, or are infected yet in a suitable health condition, they may sit for the examination at the special examination centre at the Penny’s Bay Community Isolation Facility. A hotline and free point-to-point transport service by designated taxis/minibuses have been made available to facilitate such arrangement.   Mrs Lam stressed that the Government will use its best endeavours to hold the examination with the HKEAA and the academic sector to safeguard the health and safety of candidates and examination personnel.   She also wished all the candidates every success and a good performance in their examinations.   About 50,000 candidates will take this year’s HKDSE Examination to be held from tomorrow until May 14. The results will be released on July 20.

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