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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

Overseas study scholarships open

The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council is inviting applications for its overseas fellowships and scholarships for the 2023-24 academic year.   The fellowships and scholarships aim at encouraging outstanding students to pursue further studies in reputable institutions overseas.   Successful candidates are expected to have a strong sense of commitment to Hong Kong and be ready to contribute significantly to the community upon graduation.   The fellowships are for studies leading to postgraduate degrees either by research or by coursework. The maximum value of a fellowship is $300,000 per year, tenable for up to three years for a doctoral degree or two years for a master's degree.   The scholarships are for studies leading to undergraduate degrees with a maximum value of $280,000 per year, tenable for up to three years.   Those interested are responsible for fulfilling all application procedures and admission requirements of the academic institutions of their choice.   The applications period will end on September 9.   Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend interviews in Hong Kong. The first round of interviews is scheduled for January next year.   Application forms and information notes are available on the Working Family & Student Financial Assistance Agency's Student Finance Office website. Applications have to be completed and submitted online through the GovHK website.   Call 2150 6097 or 2150 6110 for enquiries.

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