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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

Anti-epidemic session a milestone

The latest Mainland-Hong Kong meeting on anti-epidemic work is an important milestone and the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the two places, once implemented, will proceed gradually.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the remarks today when asked by reporters about the second meeting on the anti-epidemic work of the Mainland and Hong Kong held in Shenzhen yesterday.   The meeting took place after the Mainland epidemic prevention and control expert delegation concluded their four-day visit of Hong Kong to inspect the city’s anti-epidemic efforts.   Mrs Lam said: “I am very pleased that following the second meeting held between the Hong Kong delegation and the Mainland delegation yesterday in Shenzhen, we can now confirm that, according to the Mainland experts, Hong Kong now possesses the conditions for resuming travel.”   “The resumption will have to take place in a gradual and orderly manner. So I would say that the Shenzhen meeting has reached an important milestone.”   In addition to stressing that the meeting in Shenzhen was highly productive and constructive, the Chief Executive explained that the next task ahead is to make the necessary arrangements to resume quarantine-free travel between both places.   “The next step is for us to do the preparatory work for the travel to resume. Basically there are at least these two important aspects.   “One is the health code - how we could provide the health code to the people who voluntarily want to use this health code to gain entry in the Mainland of China.   “It is a technical issue and we are quite ready. The Innovation & Technology Bureau should be able to announce the details next week.   “The second preparatory work is, of course, addressing issues that concern when the cross-boundary travel is going to resume, such as the exact arrangements in terms of the numbers on a daily basis, the conditions that each and every Hong Kong person has to meet in order to go into the Mainland without being subject to the 14-day quarantine and which particular boundary control points we will use in order to allow this sort of travel.”   Mrs Lam added that such preparatory work will be conducted as expeditiously as possible so that the Government can announce an exact date for the resumption of travel.
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