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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 shares legal concepts with youth

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng today spoke with secondary and university students about the Basic Law and national security at a youth forum.   At the session, she discussed how they should properly understand the Constitution, the Basic Law, national security and the concept of the rule of law.   Ms Cheng pointed out that the National People’s Congress, as the highest organ of state power in the People’s Republic of China, shall exercise powers to decide on the establishment of special administrative regions and the systems to be instituted.   She said that Article 1 of the Basic Law stipulates that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is an inalienable part of the People’s Republic of China, meaning “one country” is the basis of “two systems”.   Citing examples to illustrate traditional and non-traditional security under national security, Ms Cheng emphasised the importance of enacting the National Security Law (NSL) and improving the electoral system in the implementation of “one country, two systems”.   The NSL has plugged national security loopholes that existed in Hong Kong by effectively preventing, suppressing and imposing punishment for any act endangering national security, she stated.   Furthermore, Ms Cheng explained the NSL’s extraterritorial application, granting of bail and other legal matters in order to clear misconceptions in the community.   Stressing that political security is fundamental to national security, she highlighted that the improvements to Hong Kong’s electoral system bring about balanced and orderly political participation as well as broader representation, ensuring the steadfast and successful implementation of “one country, two systems”.   Noting there used to be suggestions that deliberate lawbreaking might be considered in order to achieve objectives, Ms Cheng strongly refuted such misinformation and urged young people to distinguish right from wrong and not to engage in any illegal activities.   She also introduced the students to the Vision 2030 for Rule of Law initiative organised by the Department of Justice and called on them to take part in the activities under the plan.   At the end of the forum, she expressed hope that the forum would enhance students’ proper comprehension of the Constitution, the Basic Law, the NSL and the spirit of the rule of law.   She also invited them to promote such concepts to their peers and friends.
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