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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 to update COVID-19 jab records

The Food & Health Bureau is in the process of updating Hong Kong’s COVID-19 vaccination records to meet international travel rules, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government announced today.   The UK government declared that from 4am on October 4, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber or green three-tier traffic light system to a single red list.   Except for those who have UK residence rights, people who have been to places on the red list in the past 10 days will be denied entry to England.   Hong Kong is currently on the green list.   Under the revised system, to be exempted from quarantine, people arriving in England from Hong Kong are required to have completed a vaccination course of a specified COVID-19 vaccine by the relevant health authorities in an approved place at least 14 days prior to arrival and get tested on the second day of arrival.   Additionally, the vaccinated person’s date of birth must be shown on the vaccination record.   Those who have not completed vaccination will need to undergo self-quarantine for 10 days and get tested on the second and eighth days of arrival.   The Hong Kong SAR Government said it has been made aware of the changes in travel rules to England and explained that the bureau is working out the arrangements to add the date of birth to the vaccination records in order to comply with the UK government’s latest requirements.   Details will be announced once the arrangement is in place, it added.

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