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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

$55m controlled medicines seized

Customs today said it detected a case of attempted illegal export of suspected controlled medicines worth about $55 million and arrested several people.   In the operation mounted from September 28 to October 5, customs officers seized about 1.6 million tablets of the controlled medicines at the Hong Kong International Airport, a post office and an industrial unit in Hung Hom and a logistics centre in Sheung Wan.   Over 70% of the seizures were controlled virility products and five people believed to be connected to the case were arrested.   Initial investigation revealed that the arrestees might have laundered the crime proceeds through fund transfers via bank accounts and money service operators to conceal the crime proceeds from overseas areas.   Customs believes it has smashed a syndicate that tried to illegally export controlled medicines, which also involved money laundering of about $20 million in crime proceeds.   People may call 2545 6182 or send an email to crimereport@customs.gov.hk to report suspected illicit activities.
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