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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

Electricity charges relief ready

The Government will provide a new round of electricity charges subsidy to eligible residential households from June.   The one-off $1,000 subsidy is one of the relief measures announced in the 2021-22 Budget to alleviate the impact of the economic downturn on the public. It is expected to benefit more than 2.7 million households, costing the Government about $2.8 billion.   Starting from June, $80 will be credited to each residential electricity account with CLP Power Hong Kong or Hongkong Electric Company on the first day of each month for 11 consecutive months, and $120 in the 12th month.   The credits, together with the unused credits provided under similar schemes in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2020 and the relief provided under the Electricity Charges Relief Scheme, can be used to offset the billed charges for electricity consumed under an account.   Any unused credits can be carried forward under the same account until December 31, 2023 or the close of the account, whichever is earlier.   The credits will be reflected in the bills for residential accounts with the two electricity companies.   For enquiries, call CLP on 2678 2678 or Hongkong Electric on 2887 3411.
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