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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

9 imported COVID-19 cases recorded

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating nine additional imported COVID-19 cases involving patients who arrived from the UK, Indonesia, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan and Serbia.   The centre is also investigating an overseas case involving a 14-year-old girl who lives at Block 1, Grand Garden, 61 South Bay Road in Repulse Bay. She had received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine on July 29 and August 21 in Hong Kong.   Her sample collected on September 5 in Hong Kong tested negative for COVID-19. She travelled to the UK on September 8 on Cathay Pacific flight CX251.   The UK health authority notified the centre on September 20 that her specimen collected in the UK on September 10 tested positive. She remained asymptomatic.   The centre is following up on the case with the UK health authority and epidemiological investigations and contact tracing are underway.   The building where the patient stayed in Hong Kong was included in a compulsory testing notice yesterday, requiring relevant people to undergo testing.   A total of 38 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of them are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.
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