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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

Jab service provided to elderly

The Government's outreach vaccination team today provided jab services to the elderly at Cheung Sha Wan Sports Centre in a vaccination event organised by a group in Sham Shui Po.   There were 210 seniors from Sham Shui Po who joined the event to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines. Voluntary healthcare workers were on the spot to answer questions from them.   The Government's outreach vaccination team provided vaccination service to the elderly who opted for the Sinovac vaccine at a temporary vaccination area specially set up at the sports centre.   Those who chose the BioNTech vaccine were taken by pre-arranged transport to a nearby community vaccination centre (CVC) for vaccination.   Attending the event, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said this is the first time that the outreach service team has participated in a trial of this type of one-stop arrangement.   He said the talks, question and answer sessions and vaccination service not only enhanced the elderly’s understanding of the vaccines and eased their concerns, but also enabled them to get vaccinated.   He said he is grateful to the organiser and the district organisations as they care about the health of the elderly. He hopes that groups will organise activities to encourage and help elderly persons to get vaccinated.   Mr Nip pointed out that the elderly are the group of people who have the highest risks of complications and death from COVID-19.   Experts recommend that all the senior citizens who have previously received influenza vaccines can safely receive COVID-19 vaccines. If the elderly have chronic diseases, they should get vaccinated as soon as possible for protection when their condition is stable, he added.   Currently, people aged 70 or above can get same-day tickets at more than 20 CVCs to receive vaccination. This arrangement will be extended to people aged 60 or above shortly.
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