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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

CE visits Polytechnic University

Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited Polytechnic University today to learn about its scientific research and meet the senior management to understand the university’s latest developments.   She toured the Precision Robotics Laboratory of the Research Centre for Deep Space Explorations and the University Research Facility in Materials Characterization & Device Fabrication, where she was briefed on the university’s research and applications in aerospace technology and advanced materials.   The university and the China Academy of Space Technology jointly manufactured various advanced space instruments that were adopted in the nation’s lunar and Mars exploration missions.   “The university’s cross-discipline scientific research team has distinguished deep space exploration capability and possesses practical experience in international space missions, contributing to the nation’s aerospace development with encouraging achievements,” she noted.   Mrs Lam then visited the Clean Room which supports the development of products like COVID-19 antibody biosensors, health monitoring devices, soft robotics, on-skin electronics and neuromorphic vision sensors using microfabrication tools for advanced device innovation.   With Hong Kong’s innovative and technological capabilities fully recognised by the central authorities in recent years, Mrs Lam hoped the university will continue to pursue excellence and encourage more young people to join in research and development field.   She also anticipated that coupling with the massive resources allocated by the Government, the university will play a role in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area’s development as an international innovation and technology hub and make more contributions to the nation’s space projects.
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