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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

Student grant arrangements set

The Education Bureau today issued a circular memorandum to all secondary day schools, primary schools, special schools and kindergartens in Hong Kong to announce the arrangements for providing a student grant of $2,500 to day school students in the 2021-22 school year.   The Government provides the non-means tested student grant for secondary day school, primary school and kindergarten students every school year.   The grant provision was regularised from the 2020-21 school year to alleviate parents' financial burden.   All students, as at the application date, studying in secondary day schools, primary schools, special schools and kindergartens offering local or non-local curriculum in Hong Kong are eligible for the grant.   Eligible children attending a special child care centre subsidised by the Social Welfare Department, newly arrived children attending a full-time Initiation Programme funded by the bureau, and students taking the Vocational Training Council's (VTC) full-time programmes for Secondary 3 school leavers are also entitled to the grant.   Students of evening schools or private studies, holders of student visas for entry into Hong Kong for studies and holders of the recognisance forms issued by the Immigration Department are ineligible.   Schools can collect application forms at the respective regional education offices from today, while special child care centres and the VTC can collect the forms at the bureau's Special Duties Office.   Parents are advised to return the completed forms to the schools concerned as soon as possible. Schools must submit the forms to the bureau by November 5.   The bureau will normally disburse the grant gradually within about six weeks after receiving the applications.
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