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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

Storm signal downgraded

The Hong Kong Observatory has downgraded the storm signal from No. 8 to No. 3, as tropical cyclone Ma-on moves away from the city.   The No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal, issued at 1.40am, was replaced by the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 at 9.20am today.   The Hospital Authority said one person sought medical treatment at a public hospital due to an injury sustained during the typhoon.   The 1823 Government Call Centre, as at 9am, received four reports of fallen trees, while the Drainage Services Department confirmed one flooding case.   The Home Affairs Department opened 31 temporary shelters in which 141 people sought refuge.
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