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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

Bay area business talks held

A conference was held today for Hong Kong's architectural, surveying, planning, landscape architectural and engineering sectors to introduce a number of preferential policies and liberalisation measures to facilitate the starting of businesses and practising by related enterprises and professionals in the nine Mainland cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.   It was organised in Beijing, Guangdong and Hong Kong via video conferencing by the Development Bureau, the Ministry of Natural Resources Bureau of Territorial & Spatial Planning, the Department of Natural Resources (DNRGP) and the Department of Housing & Urban-Rural Development of Guangdong Province (DHURDGP).   More than 100 representatives from the related professional institutions, associations and registration boards as well as enterprises also participated in the conference.   The DNRGP promulgated new measures at the conference, including expanding the coverage of the registration measures in the bay area to enable Hong Kong planning professional enterprises and professionals registered with the Planners Registration Board in Hong Kong to directly provide services in Guangdong after registration.   Speaking at the conference, Secretary for Development Michael Wong said the National 14th Five-Year Plan supports the strategy of high-quality development of the bay area, and the Development Bureau has been actively promoting the integration of Hong Kong's construction and engineering sectors into the country's overall development along this direction.   He noted that the launch of a number of preferential measures for Hong Kong reaffirmed the achievement of the long-term collaboration between Guangdong and Hong Kong and reflected the central authorities' support and recognition for the city.   Mr Wong expressed hope that the related enterprises and professionals in Hong Kong can grasp the opportunities in the bay area development and expand their businesses.   The Government and the construction and engineering sectors will continue to make concerted efforts and take the bay area development as an entry point to better integrate into the country's overall development, thereby bringing continuous impetus to Hong Kong's construction industry, he added.   There was also a briefing at the conference on the registration measures formulated by the Development Bureau with the DHURDGP, the Qianhai Authority and the Administrative Committee of Hengqin New Area.   The measures announced by the DHURDGP with effect from January 1 cover four professional sectors in architecture, engineering, surveying and landscape architecture, which allow consultant firms on the two government lists and professionals registered with relevant registration boards in Hong Kong to directly provide services in the bay area by obtaining equivalent qualifications in the Mainland through a registration system.   So far, 45 enterprises and 189 professionals have completed registration.   Similar measures were also promulgated in Qianhai and Hengqin, which took effect from October last year and December 2019.   In addition to the consultant firms on the two government lists, the measures also cover companies on the List of Approved Contractors for Public Works, as well as company members of the relevant professional institutions or associations.   Up to now, a total of 51 enterprises and 331 professionals have completed registration in these two free trade zones.

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