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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

7 imported COVID-19 cases identified

The Centre for Health Protection said today it is investigating seven additional imported COVID-19 cases involving patients who arrived from Lithuania, Pakistan and Turkey.   As Emirates flight EK384 from Dubai and Bangkok on August 22 had five passengers on board confirmed infected with COVID-19 upon testing on arrival, the Department of Health has prohibited the landing of the airline’s passenger flights from the two places from today to September 6.   Meanwhile, the centre reminded specified people linked to Sea View Mansion, 82-87 Connaught Road West and Block 1, Bo Shek Mansion in Tsuen Wan to undergo testing tomorrow in accordance with the compulsory testing notice.   A total of 47 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days. One is a local case with an unknown infection source, another is import-related and the rest are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.
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