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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

Frontline health staff get regular tests

The Hospital Authority today said it will arrange regular COVID-19 testing for around 65,000 frontline staff who have direct patient contact.   It said the move aims to reduce the risk of nosocomial COVID-19 transmission to safeguard patients and staff in light of the latest global epidemic situation and the emergence of local cases with mutant strains.    Starting next week, the authority will extend the staff testing arrangement by providing the frontline staff concerned with rapid antigen test kits for conducting weekly self-testing on a regular basis.   Staff members can report their test results through a mobile app designated for the authority’s staff or save a photo record themselves.   Staff who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine for more than 14 days can indicate their preference for participation in the regular testing exercise.   Additionally, the authority will step up the patient isolation arrangement. Single isolation will be arranged for all patients confirmed with COVID-19 infection upon their admission, with gene sequencing tests arranged immediately.   Imported patient cases will be kept in single isolation until they are discharged upon recovery.   Local cases will also be kept in single isolation until discharge, unless they test negative for mutant strains through gene sequencing tests.   The authority reminded hospital clusters to prepare for deploying adequate single isolation facilities to dovetail with the stepped-up arrangement.   It also reminded frontline staff that they still need to comply with infection control measures and wear appropriate personal protective equipment as stipulated in the guidelines when taking care of patients.   The authority reminded citizens and staff to get vaccinated early to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and prevent the resurgence of a large-scale community outbreak.
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