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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

2.3k arrested in anti-crime operation

Police arrested 2,320 people and seized cash, dangerous drugs and illicit goods worth about $390 million in an anti-crime operation jointly mounted by Hong Kong, Guangdong and Macau authorities from June to August.   During the operation, Police conducted searches at about 2,000 locations including bars, amusement game centres, cyber cafes, party rooms and residential units.   It smashed illegal gambling and vice establishments as well as drug distribution centres and arrested 1,616 men and 704 women for triad and drug-related offences, robbery, illegal immigration, illegal gambling, bookmaking, criminal damage, blackmail, wounding and possession of offensive weapons.   Bookmaking records worth about $3.6 billion were also seized during the operation.   Police said it will continue to maintain close liaison and exchange intelligence with authorities on the Mainland and Macau to interdict cross-boundary triad activities and uphold public confidence in law and order.
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