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Flu jab booking set

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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

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Fraudulent certificates deemed invalid

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The Government announced today the COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificates issued by seven private doctors will not be accepted and will be deemed invalid from October 12.   According to the information provided by Police, the seven private doctors are involved in its arrest operations to date for allegedly abusing the issuance of medical exemption certificates. The legal proceedings are ongoing for some of those cases.   The Government pointed out that according to the eHealth records, the seven private doctors have issued in total over 20,000 medical exemption certificates which are still within the validity period, accounting for more than half of the medical exemption certificates that are still valid.   It has reasonable grounds to suspect that the private doctors concerned did not properly follow the Department of Health’s guidelines when issuing the medical exemption certificates.   In this regard, the Government will no longer accept the medical exemption ce

1 more resident comes home safely

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One more Hong Kong resident who had sought help from the Immigration Department has safely returned to Hong Kong from Thailand, the Security Bureau said today.   The individual concerned came back to the city with the aid of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom of Cambodia and the bureau’s dedicated task force.   So far, 16 assistance seekers have safely come home under the task force’s co-ordination.   The bureau urged people to contact the Immigration Department as soon as possible if they know or have received information of victims in need of help.   They may use the WhatsApp hotline 5190 8909, contact the department’s Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit at (852) 1868, call the 1868 hotline by network data via the department’s mobile app or submit an Online Assistance Request Form. http://dlvr.it/SYn0Gv

Testing compliance checks done

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The Government today completed enforcement operations at Block 6 of Hanford Garden in Tuen Mun and Goldwin Heights at 2 Seymour Road in Mid-Levels, which were earlier included in compulsory testing notices.   The Civil Service Bureau conducted the Tuen Mun enforcement action from around 8.30am to 11.30am, while the Central & Western District Office carried out the Mid-Levels operation from around 8am to 11am.   Both actions were conducted together with Police and the Department of Health.   The Government arranged for staff to verify the testing certifications of people subject to compulsory testing at the buildings’ entrances and exits.   During the operations, the test records of about 200 people in Block 6 of Hanford Garden and about 430 people in Goldwin Heights were checked.   As a result, seven people in total were found to have violated the compulsory testing notice and were issued with a compulsory testing order.    A fixed penalty notice of $10,000 was also iss

Residents comply with testing rules

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The Government today completed a joint enforcement operation at Central Plaza in Tai Po, which was earlier included in a compulsory testing notice.   The enforcement action was conducted from around 7am to 10am by the Tai Po District Office, the Tai Po Police District and the Department of Health.   Having checked about 100 people’s test records, all of them were found to have undergone testing in compliance with the requirement.  http://dlvr.it/SYM5Tf

Reverse quarantine explained

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(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive John Lee said today that the suggestion of implementing reverse quarantine for entering Shenzhen aims to create a system that will continue to operate regardless of the pandemic situation on either side of the boundary.   Speaking to reporters ahead of the Executive Council meeting this morning, Mr Lee said he hopes to create a system that can continue to operate without big changes in the long run.   “The standards, of course, will have to be endorsed by the Shenzhen authorities because they are the authorities who will be exempting the "7+3" quarantine requirement after a person has fulfilled their reverse quarantine requirements in Hong Kong.   “I am aiming at creating a system which will continue to operate, however the situation develops on either side of the boundary, and we are working hard towards that goal.”   Regarding the recent local COVID-19 situation, Mr

Testing compliance check completed

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The Government today completed a joint enforcement operation at Block 4 of On Ning Garden in Tseung Kwan O, which was earlier included in a compulsory testing notice.   The enforcement action was conducted from 8.30am to 11.30am by the Civil Service Bureau together with the Tseung Kwan O Police District and the Department of Health.   Having checked 403 people’s test records, nine were found to have violated the compulsory testing notice and were issued with a compulsory testing order.   A fixed penalty notice of $10,000 was also issued to three of them. http://dlvr.it/SXMS6T