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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

New quarantine hotel list issued

A total of 31 hotels will provide about 8,500 rooms under the fourth cycle of the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme, the Government announced today.   It issued letters to about 2,000 hotels with valid hotel or guesthouse licences on May 4 to invite applications for enlisting as designated quarantine hotels in the fourth cycle and 48 hotels applied.   Upon assessment, 31 hotels, including 30 in the third cycle, were shortlisted to provide about 8,500 rooms of various types and rates for selection by people arriving in Hong Kong from places outside China.   The contract period is from June 20 to August 31.   The Government continues to provide more hotels offering lower room rates in this new cycle after considering the market demand. The number of hotels offering room rates at $500 or below will increase from 13 to 17.   The first and second cycles of the scheme each involving 36 hotels ended on February 19 and April 20. There are 30 hotels in the third cycle, which will end on June 19.
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