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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

August exports value up 25.9%

The value of Hong Kong’s total goods exports increased to $433.7 billion in August, up 25.9% on the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods jumped 28.1% to $460 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $26.3 billion, or 5.7% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the three-month period ending August with the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of exports increased 3.3%, while that of imports rose 3.7%.   The Government said the value of merchandise exports sustained notable year-on-year growth in August.   Exports to the Mainland, the US, the EU and many other Asian economies showed visible increases.   The total merchandise trade value amounted to $6.5099 trillion for the first eight months of the year, surpassing the high in the same period in 2018 by 12.8%, it added.   Looking ahead, the global economic recovery and vibrant regional trade flows should continue to support Hong Kong’s export performance in the near term.   However, the uncertainties on the economic outlook cast by the COVID-19 pandemic development, China-US relations and heightened geopolitical tensions also warrant attention, the Government noted.
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