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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 reports 747 COVID-19 cases

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 747 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 11 are imported and the rest are locally infected.   Among the new cases, 446 were detected by nucleic acid tests while 301 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   Since the onset of the fifth wave of the epidemic, 1,185,194 people have contracted the virus, involving 8,926 deaths.   Additionally, the Government made restriction-testing declarations to cover Ching Yun House of Ching Ho Estate in Sheung Shui, Ching Tak House of Tsz Ching Estate in Tsz Wan Shan and Tower 1, Wing Fok Centre in Fanling. People in the restricted areas must undergo compulsory testing before the specified deadline.   Given that there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Wong Tai Sin and Kowloon City, the Home Affairs Department will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleansing workers and property management staff working in such areas.   As Air India flight AI316 from New Delhi, India had three passengers on board who tested positive upon arrival, the Department of Health has prohibited the landing of the carrier’s passenger aircraft in Hong Kong from New Delhi from tomorrow until April 24.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.
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