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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

CE praises eco-achievers

Chief Executive Carrie Lam hailed the winning companies and organisations of the 2020 Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) via a video at the event’s presentation ceremony held today.    Winners of the 2020 Hong Kong Green Innovations Awards and corporations certified as Hong Kong Green Organisations in 2020 were also recognised for their green management practices and their contributions to environmental protection.    Congratulating the companies and organisations, Mrs Lam said she appreciated their dedication in promoting environmental protection despite the economic downturn under the COVID-19 pandemic.   She also called on more companies and organisations to participate in the HKAEE and the Hong Kong Green Organisation Certification (HKGOC), and work with the Government to promote low-carbon transformation practices in all sectors while heading towards carbon neutrality.   Officiating at the ceremony, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong said the Government has just announced Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050, covering net-zero electricity generation, energy saving and green buildings, green transport, and waste reduction, the four major decarbonisation strategies that need community participation and green innovation.   Pointing out that the extreme climate in recent years reflects the pressing need to combat global warming, Mr Wong said Hong Kong will proactively complement the country’s development while contributing to its global carbon reduction goal.   The presentation ceremony was held in a hybrid mode, on-site at the Convention & Exhibition Centre and online.   In 2020, a total of 47 organisations won the HKAEE gold, silver or bronze awards, and 159 received certificates of merit.   The HKAEE and the HKGOC are jointly organised by the Environmental Campaign Committee and the Environmental Protection Department, along with other organisations and chambers of commerce.   The 2021 edition of HKAEE is now open for applications while the HKGOC accepts applications all year round.   Visit the dedicated website or call 2788 5903 for further information.
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