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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

Elderly jabs message simplified

The message in the current round of the Outreach Vaccination Arrangement for Residential Care Homes under COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been simplified in a bid to boost the vaccination rate among the elderly.   Secretary for Labour & Welfare Dr Law Chi-kwong made the remarks after attending a radio programme today.   “We started the first round (of the outreach vaccination arrangement) a couple of months ago, but at that time because of the lack of information and difficulty in making decisions, the vaccination rate was a bit too low we must say.   “We have just started another round, providing more information, simpler information, telling people that if they have been receiving the seasonal influenza vaccination, now they can (have a) COVID-19 vaccine. So we hope that the simplified message would help people to make up their mind (about) vaccination.”   Dr Law was also asked to elaborate on his earlier comments that the labour market should improve further.    “Looking at all the indicators, including economic indicators and our labour market situation, such as jobs available, people looking for jobs, etc, the trend is definitely telling us that it is going down, in terms of the unemployment rate. But how fast it will go down is something that we cannot really predict, but the trend is going down.”
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