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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

SJ meets legal sector

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng today met members from the legal and dispute resolution sector to listen to their views on how the industry should maximise the opportunities brought about by the Qianhai Plan. The meeting also covered the opportunities made available by the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the Greater Bay Area development.    Ms Cheng pointed out that the outline of the National 14th Five-Year Plan supports Hong Kong to establish itself as the centre for international legal and dispute resolution services in the Asia-Pacific region.   Meanwhile, the Plan for Comprehensive Deepening Reform & Opening Up of the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone, promulgated earlier this month, clearly states a higher level of opening up in legal matters in the zone.   It also mentioned the establishment of an international legal services centre and an international commercial dispute resolution centre.   Ms Cheng noted that as the only common law jurisdiction within the country, Hong Kong shall utilise the unique advantages under “one country, two systems and three jurisdictions” in the bay area, adding that with the central government's support, Hong Kong’s legal and dispute resolution sector has very promising prospects.   The justice chief said the Report on Hong Kong’s Business Environments published by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government reiterates Hong Kong’s institutional strengths under “one country, two systems”, with other inherent strengths remaining intact.   Such strengths include the solid foundation of the rule of law and judicial independence guaranteed by the Basic Law, which provide a safe and vibrant business environment to attract more investments in Hong Kong, and into the Mainland via the city.   The Department of Justice will continue to maintain close contact with the stakeholders to bring out Hong Kong’s best to integrate with the country’s needs and to create synergy with the nation’s development.
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