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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

Travel bubble talks halted

Hong Kong and Singapore have decided not to pursue further discussions on the bilateral Air Travel Bubble after taking into account the differences in the anti-epidemic strategies currently adopted by both sides.   The two governments announced the decision today, saying that they will continue to facilitate movements of travellers between both places under their respective border control measures.   The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government noted that the discussions on the travel bubble, which began in the second half of 2020, had gone through a long period of evolvement of the COVID-19 epidemic situation.   The discussions were all along premised upon similar anti-epidemic strategies adopted by the two places, aiming to reduce local caseloads to a minimum.   However, Singapore has now moved towards a new strategy of building a "COVID-resilient" nation and therefore the basic premises that underpin the travel bubble have changed.   For example, the seven-day moving average of unlinked local cases, which is the criterion for suspending and resuming the travel bubble as per the agreed framework, may not be kept consistently at the required level in Singapore as a result of its new strategy.   The Hong Kong SAR Government stressed that Hong Kong and Singapore remained committed to facilitating connectivity between both places and would continue to maintain dialogue as well as share experiences.   It also welcomed Singapore's announcement to unilaterally allow entry of travellers from Hong Kong into Singapore quarantine-free from August 20, adding that it is a step forward in resuming cross-border travel between the two regional aviation hubs and international cities.   For travellers coming to Hong Kong from Singapore, including both Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents, they may refer to the arrangements for inbound travellers from Group B specified places.
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