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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

3 imported COVID-19 cases identified

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating three additional imported COVID-19 cases involving patients who arrived from Israel, Japan and Qatar.   One of them, a 36-year-old woman, lives in Tung Shun Hing Building, 22 Chi Kiang Street in To Kwa Wan and received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine in June and July in Hong Kong.   She tested negative in Hong Kong on August 21 and travelled to Nigeria on August 22. She returned on September 10 by flight QR818, and her specimen collected upon arrival tested positive for COVID-19 and carried the L452R mutant strain.   She works at 28/F, Lee & Man Commercial Centre in North Point, and was last there on August 21.   Epidemiological investigation and contact tracing are ongoing. As a precaution, the building where the patient resided and worked during the incubation period have been included in a compulsory testing notice. Specified people who had been present at the relevant venues at specified periods must undergo compulsory testing by tomorrow.   A total of 47 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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