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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

Study subsidy to launch

The Government today announced that it will subsidise, via the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors, 2,501 places in 32 sub-degree programmes of eight post-secondary institutions for the cohort to be admitted in the 2022-23 academic year.   The 32 designated sub-degree programmes fall under six disciplines identified as having keen manpower demand, namely architecture and engineering, computer science, creative industries, health care, sports and recreation, and tourism and hospitality.   In the 2022-23 academic year, the annual subsidy amount for laboratory-based sub-degree programmes will be increased to $38,520 from $38,400 in the 2021-22 academic year, while that for non-laboratory-based sub-degree programmes will be increased to $22,120 from $22,050.   The adjusted subsidy amounts are applicable to both new and current students who are eligible.   For admission to the designated sub-degree programmes under the scheme, students may apply directly to the institutions.   The designated undergraduate programmes under the scheme in the 2022-23 academic year including the number of places and subsidy amounts were announced on September 21.   Click here for details.
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