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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

National security stance clear: CS

Chief Secretary John Lee said today the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s position is very clear that there is no room for compromise in regard to national security matters.   Mr Lee made the statement after the cancellation of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China’s registration from the Companies Register.   He pointed out that it is a separate matter from the court case in which the alliance is being charged for matters related to threatening national security.   He said: “The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has a responsibility to take action to prevent, suppress and punish acts that threaten national security. When such a threat happens, the Hong Kong SAR has an active duty to taken action. We will be resolute.   “When the Hong Kong SAR Government has evidence and believes that this action is necessary, it will be taken and it will be taken fast. This is a very clear position that I have been telling everybody that in regard to national security matters, there is no room for compromise.”   Regarding fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Lee said the Government will cancel as many exemption categories as possible.   “In regard to our overall strategies and tactics to fight against COVID-19 threats, we are actively looking at cancelling a lot of exemption categories so that we will limit the exemption categories to daily necessities or activities that are relevant to the daily living of society.   “I have asked different bureaus to look at the related categories of people under their purview, with a view to cancelling as many exemption categories as possible. We will announce the details as soon as possible.”
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