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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's advisory body convenes

The Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation & Strategic Development held its 12th meeting today during which members provided their views and suggestions on the 2021 Policy Address.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam said with the implementation of the National Security Law and improvements to the electoral system, stability had been restored and the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature improved. Consequently, there were rising expectations for more effective governance and a greater resolve to address some long standing problems in Hong Kong society.   Members shared Mrs Lam’s view that the Government should demonstrate in the coming Policy Address, albeit this being the last one in the current-term Government, determination in resolving “bottlenecks” in land and housing supply, nurturing talent, offering diversified career opportunities for young people, providing affordable medical care, and building a more charming and liveable Hong Kong.   They opined that the 2021 Policy Address should be forward-looking and visionary, setting eyes on the future to instil hope and confidence.   Mrs Lam noted that the Government will assure the local and international community that Hong Kong’s fundamental strengths have not changed, with the rule of law as robust as ever.   She pointed out that Hong Kong has a bright future under “one country, two systems” and will emerge stronger by leveraging its traditional strengths and seizing opportunities arising from the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Greater Bay Area development and the Belt & Road Initiative.   Members congratulated Hong Kong athletes for their excellent performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games and appreciated the Government’s move to purchase the broadcasting rights for free use by all television stations which had helped create social cohesion in society.   They were also briefed on the city’s latest state of play in innovation and technology (I&T) and the strategies in developing an international I&T hub with the central government’s support under the 14th Five-Year Plan.
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