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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

No fees for loan scheme

Banks participating in the 100% Personal Loan Guarantee Scheme will aid loan applicants without levying any application or handling fee, and borrowers should not make applications via a third party, HKMC Insurance said today.   It made the statement in response to a news report about some people claiming to help those who are unemployed make applications for the scheme using false instruments at a handling fee.   Participating banks will try their best to assist applicants, it said, adding that borrowers who pay any fees to a third party will suffer a direct financial loss.   The statement said banks reviewing loan applications will exercise professional expertise, judgement and care to conduct customer due diligence and verify borrowers' eligibility. HKMC Insurance will also conduct checks and strive to ensure approved applications meet the requirements.   Any suspected illicit behaviour such as producing false declarations or using false instruments will be reported to law enforcement agencies, it noted.   Call participating banks or the loan guarantee scheme hotline at 2536 0392 for enquiries.
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