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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

Govt work unaffected by CS vacancy

The Government today said its work will not be impeded despite the Chief Secretary post being left vacant since April 7, as appropriate arrangements have been put in place.   ​Responding to media enquiries, the Government pointed out the Chief Secretary is delegated with the power in granting exemptions from compulsory quarantine or from directions imposing certain requirements or restrictions on scheduled premises such as event places.   Such a power is granted under the relevant regulations made by the Chief Executive-in-Council under the Prevention & Control of Disease Ordinance.   With specific references to this delegated power, the Government explained that, by virtue of section 45 of the Interpretation & General Clauses Ordinance, the Chief Executive may by order direct the holder of another public office to exercise the power conferred upon the holder of any public office when “no person has been appointed to discharge the functions of that office”.   As a matter of fact, the Chief Executive has made such an order for an exemption from quarantine to be granted for the fifth batch of Mainland experts arriving Hong Kong on April 7 to support the city’s anti-epidemic work.   On April 2, the Government announced that exemptions from the prevailing social distancing restrictions and group gatherings under the relevant regulations have been granted to facilitate the necessary activities during the Sixth-term Chief Executive election in the interest of the Hong Kong public.   It added that it will continue to act lawfully in accordance with the public interest in respect of any Chief Executive election matters.
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