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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

Schools to launch admission portal

The Education Bureau today announced that the School Nominations Direct Admission Scheme will be launched in the 2022-23 academic year to provide an additional pathway to university for students with exceptional talents.   The bureau noted that the scheme aims at recognising the outstanding talent of students in specific disciplines that may not be fully assessed by the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE).   The scheme will be open for application by Secondary 6 students who will be taking the 2022 HKDSE Examination and commencing their undergraduate studies in September 2022.   Its nomination period will run from October 6 to December 8. Each local secondary school can nominate two students with exceptional talents and interests in specific disciplines or areas.   Each nominee can apply for admission to one of the around 140 designated University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded undergraduate programme participating in the scheme.   The eight UGC-funded universities have set admission criteria that are not based on HKDSE Examination results for individual programmes.   Participating universities will arrange interviews for all students nominated and make firm offers to successful students prior to the release of the 2022 HKDSE Examination results.   Click here for the details.
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