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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

HK probes 1.4k COVID-19 cases

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 1,407 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 13 are imported and the rest are locally infected.   Among the new cases, 698 were detected by nucleic acid tests while 709 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   More than 1.17 million people have contracted the virus since the onset of the fifth wave of the epidemic, involving 8,614 deaths.     This afternoon, the Government made restriction-testing declarations to cover Hei Lai House of Wah Lai Estate in Kwai Chung and Shui Fung House of Tin Shui (II) Estate in Tin Shui Wai, citing the viral load in sewage, information of relevant positive cases and other circumstantial factors.   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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