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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

Govt strives for fair elections

The Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Bureau is working closely with the Electoral Affairs Commission to ensure the three upcoming important elections are conducted in a fair, open and honest manner.   Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang made the statement in response to questions from legislator Starry Lee in the Legislative Council today, noting that two new offences have been introduced under the law.   One of the offences is the corrupt conduct to wilfully obstruct or prevent another person from voting at an election. The other offence is the illegal conduct to incite another person not to vote, to cast a blank or invalid vote by way of public activity during an election period.   The Independent Commission Against Corruption will pay close attention to conduct that may constitute manipulation of or sabotaging the elections, and take resolute law enforcement action to combat such illegal activities, Mr Tsang warned.   Since March, the bureau has allocated more than $16 million on activities to publicise the advantages, the necessity and urgency of improving Hong Kong’s electoral system as well as how the improved electoral system fully implements "patriots administering Hong Kong" and enhances the effectiveness of governance.   Meanwhile, bureau secretaries and department heads have explained the improved electoral system to various sectors in the community through their political platforms, blogs and media interviews.   The Chief Executive hosted a Radio Television Hong Kong TV discussion programme with guests from the 40 Election Committee subsectors to provide an in-depth explanation to the public on improving the electoral system.   Mr Tsang also noted that various government departments will work closely to formulate an appropriate security plan to deal with possible risks that may occur during one of the key upcoming polls, the 2021 Legislative Council General Election to be held on December 19.   Based on the risk assessments, Police will implement appropriate measures and make manpower arrangements in each polling station and its vicinity to enable the poll to be conducted safely, he added.
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