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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

Travel document measures set

The Immigration Department announced today that new measures will be introduced on November 29 for the application and collection of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region travel documents on the Mainland.   From that day, the Immigration Divisions of the five Mainland Offices of the Hong Kong SAR Government will not only process replacement applications for passports but also the first applications for passports as well as replacement applications for Documents of Identity for Visa Purposes and Re-entry Permits submitted by eligible applicants.        Eligible applicants holding valid Hong Kong permanent identity cards who submit a first or replacement application through the Immigration Divisions of the Mainland Offices, or submit applications directly to the Immigration Department in person, by post, drop-in, through the Internet or the department’s mobile app, may choose to collect the Hong Kong SAR Passport in the Immigration Divisions of the Mainland Offices.   Regarding the Document of Identity for Visa Purposes, eligible applicants on the Mainland may submit a replacement application at the Immigration Divisions of the Mainland Offices or by post to the Travel Documents & Nationality (Application) Section. Applicants may subsequently choose to collect the document at the Immigration Division of the Mainland Offices.        As for Re-entry Permits, eligible applicants on the Mainland may submit a replacement application in person through the Immigration Division of Mainland Offices. The applicant shall authorise a Hong Kong referee to pay the fee and collect the permit at the selected Immigration Branch Office on their behalf.   The aforesaid five Mainland Offices with the Immigration Divisions are the Office of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR in Beijing and the four Hong Kong Economic & Trade Offices in Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangdong and Wuhan.        Call 2824 6111 for enquiries.
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