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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

Hill fire drill held

An inter-departmental vegetation fire and mountain rescue exercise was held on Lantau Island today.   The drill aimed to enhance co-ordination, communication, command and control as well as logistical support capabilities among different departments and organisations during large-scale hill fire and mountain rescue operations.   It also helped test the effectiveness and co-operation of different emergency formations during fire-fighting and rescue operations.   About 40 Fire Services Department (FSD) members took part in the on-site exercise conducted along the hiking trail from Pak Mong to Por Kai Shan, together with members from the Police Force and the Government Flying Service.   Other participating departments and organisations joined the table-top exercise at the same time.   The FSD urged the public not to leave any ignition source while taking part in hiking activities, adding that they should evacuate to a safe place in the face of a vegetation fire.
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