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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

Social distancing rules kept

The Government today announced that social distancing measures currently in place will be extended until June 23.   The requirements and restrictions applicable to catering businesses and scheduled premises, as well as the requirements for group gatherings and mask wearing will be maintained.   Noting that local cases with the N501Y mutant strain have been recorded recently and the source of infection has yet to be identified, the Food & Health Bureau said it is not appropriate to relax social distancing measures at the moment.   The bureau added that in the face of the challenges posed by mutant strains, there is a pressing need to get vaccinated.   Taking into account the epidemic development, the Government will continue to adjust social distancing measures under the vaccine bubble principle.   In addition to the protection received, people who have completed the vaccination course would also be subject to more lenient requirements under the various social distancing measures.
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