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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

Lockdown rumours denied

The Government said it has absolutely no plan to place Hong Kong under lockdown at midnight and prohibit people from departing or entering the city, or forbid them from dining in restaurants after 6pm.   In a statement of clarification today, the Government condemned those who had caused public panic by spreading such rumours online and via WhatsApp. It also stressed that law enforcement agencies will take serious action if criminal elements are involved.   During a press briefing last Friday, the Secretary for Food & Health, together with the Director of Health and the Hospital Authority Chief Executive gave updates on the latest epidemic situation and outlined the tightened measures to be taken, the Government pointed out.   Moreover, it emphasised that it will pursue such anti-epidemic actions rigorously and resolutely.   “The Government has all along been transparent with its epidemic control measures and will make announcements as early as possible. Any unhelpful speculation or spreading of rumours is counterproductive in the fight against the epidemic by the Government and the people of Hong Kong.”   The public should stay vigilant against rumours and pay attention to information released by the Government to avoid being misled, the Government advised.
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