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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

Welfare chief visits elderly home

Secretary for Labour & Welfare Dr Law Chi-kwong today visited Forward Living in Tuen Mun, the first purpose-built residential care home for the elderly under a scheme that encourages provision of such premises in new private developments.   The elderly care home started operation in June, providing 191 residential care places for seniors.   Accompanied by its management team, Dr Law first took a closer look at anti-epidemic measures in the elderly home which is equipped with an air monitoring system for regular testing of air quality.   He then received a briefing on the application of gerontechnology in the premises, including the smart Elderly Homes Management System linking various facilities for one-stop drug management and monitoring of residents’ health.   Other applications include the provision of nutritional soft meals for seniors with swallowing difficulties, the installation of rehabilitation and cognitive training equipment as well as care and antibacterial furniture.   Under the scheme, the relevant elderly home premises will be exempted from paying the premium under land transactions on the condition that the developers are willing to accept certain lease conditions to ensure the delivery of such premises.   The proposed projects must also be supported by the Social Welfare and relevant departments.   The land transaction involving Forward Living was made at the end of 2012.   Dr Law said the Government would continue to increase residential care places for the elderly by adopting a multipronged approach and maximising land use, as well as encouraging participation by more private enterprises in providing quality elderly home services.
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