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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

April exports value up 24.4%

The value of Hong Kong's total goods exports increased to $384.9 billion in April, up 24.4% on the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods increased 25.2% to $416.7 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $31.8 billion, or 7.6% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the three-month period ending April with the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of exports rose 14.5%, while that of imports increased 8.6%.   The value of total merchandise trade for the first four months of the year was way higher than the previous high recorded in the same period in 2018, reflecting vibrant trading activities amid a sharp rebound in external demand, the Government said.   Looking ahead, the sustained revival of the global economy should continue to render support to Hong Kong's export performance in the near term.   However, the evolving pandemic situation and other risk factors such as China-US relations and geopolitical tensions still warrant attention, it added.
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