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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

Special schools stage variety show

A variety show involving 62 special schools across the city was held today to showcase students’ diverse talent and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s establishment.   The Education Bureau explained that the aim of the large-scale joint school event, titled “Variety Show of Special School Students - Let Your Love Shine 2022”, is to enhance the public’s understanding of special education in Hong Kong.   About 100 students joined the performances that included a dragon dance, fitness exercises, martial arts, a wheelchair dance and a piano trio. In addition, the music video of the theme song, Let Love Shine 2022, sung by students from the 62 schools, was played.   To enable those with hearing and visual impairments to enjoy the festivities, the show was webcast live and barrier-free with sign language interpretation and audio descriptions.   Addressing the ceremony, Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin said the Government supports schools to cater for students with special educational needs through a dual track of special education and integrated education.   She noted that the Education Bureau has also been rendering resources and professional aid to schools and providing professional training for teachers.   The bureau supports schools to help students overcome limitations and difficulties so that they could develop their potential and gradually become independent people with adaptability and self-learning abilities, Ms Choi emphasised.   Furthermore, the education secretary encouraged students to take a proactive and optimistic attitude when embracing challenges, She added that she hopes professionals from different sectors will collaborate with the Government to support students with special education needs, so that every student can grow up in a caring environment and excel in society.   Moreover, the bureau has launched the Let Love Shine website to introduce the features, facilities and learning and teaching resources of special schools and showcase the learning activities and creative works of special school students.
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