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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

New smoking ban to start Apr 30

The Government today reminded the public that smoking an alternative smoking product (ASP) will be banned in a statutory no-smoking area starting April 30, and offenders will be issued with a $1,500 fixed penalty notice.   The reminder came as the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 takes effect on April 30, when people will also not be allowed to carry an activated ASP in a statutory no-smoking area.   The ordinance prohibits the import, promotion, manufacture, sale and possession for commercial purposes of alternative smoking products.   Offenders are subject to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months.   The ban covers electronic smoking products, heated tobacco products, herbal cigarettes, and their accessories.   The ordinance prohibits the import of an ASP by way of parcels, cargoes or bringing in by incoming travellers. People bringing such products into the city must declare them to customs.   Starting this Saturday, inspectors from the Department of Health's Tobacco & Alcohol Control Office will conduct inspections, investigate complaints and carry out enforcement actions accordingly.   Click here for frequently asked questions, a pamphlet and other materials about complying with the legislative requirements.   On the World Day for Safety & Health at Work, the department reminded people to refrain from using any smoking products at workplaces, and urged smokers to quit smoking as early as possible.
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