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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

Road maintenance briefing held

The Transport Advisory Committee was briefed on road maintenance and streetscape enhancement works and given an update on car parking initiatives by the Government at a meeting today.   The Highways Department has been researching, developing and applying new technologies to enhance the efficiency and safety of road maintenance works as existing roads are beginning to age.   The department has carried out beautification works at bridges and subways with a high pedestrian flow at prominent locations since 2017 by drawing up thematic designs and adding some featured patterns onto the structures to echo the character of the surrounding environment.   Committee Chairman Prof Stephen Cheung said it supports the department to research, develop and apply new technologies in road maintenance works, including using more durable road paving materials and the intelligent robotic system as well as looks forward to more new technologies being put into application.   He added that the committee was pleased to note that the beautification works for highway structures and lamp posts not only enhance the streetscape but also create temporary jobs to alleviate unemployment under the pandemic.   For the provision of parking spaces, the Government's policy is to accord priority to meeting parking demand for commercial vehicles. It is also for the provision of an appropriate number of private car parking spaces if overall development permits, but without attracting public transport passengers to switch to private cars so as to avoid aggravating road traffic.   Prof Cheung said that the committee welcomes the Government’s ongoing endeavours under the current policy to pursue a host of measures to increase the provision of parking spaces and enhance the existing ones, including the revision on the standards of parking provision.   It also agreed that the Transport Department should review the standards at regular intervals to match the social and economic changes, he added.
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