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Last day of free flu jabs for Filipinos 50 years up at POLO

20 October 2021

By The SUN 

This is the third day of the free flu jab offer at Polo for qualified people

Filipinos in Hong Kong who are 50 years old and above will have the last chance to receive free seasonal influenza vaccine shots on Thursday, Oct 21, at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Admiralty.

The Hong Kong government is providing the free flu shots under the Department of Health’s vaccination subsidy scheme.

Today, Oct 20, Acting Chief Executive John Lee and other top Hong Kong officials had their seasonal influenza jabs as the government pushed the campaign to get all residents to get inoculated early.

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“Influenza can cause not only serious illnesses in high-risk individuals but also infection in healthy persons. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent seasonal influenza and its complications,” Lee said.

He said influenza vaccination may reduce the likelihood of hospitalization and length of stay.


“As such, receiving SIV and getting Covid-19 vaccination are both important. I call on members of the public, especially the high-risk groups including elderly people, to receive SIV early for additional protection to their personal health,” he said

Acting CE John Lee (3rd seat) along with Labour Secretary Law Chi-kwong
and Home Affairs Secretary Caspar Tsui take the flu jab  

Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan also attended the event to show her support.

Chan said that based on past epidemiological patterns, the winter influenza season usually starts in January, but the exact time of arrival cannot be predicted.


“As it takes about two weeks to develop antibodies, I appeal to the public to receive vaccination early. Influenza vaccines are safe and effective,” Chan said.

Maintaining good personal and environmental hygiene, particularly the proper use of surgical masks, hand hygiene at all times, a balanced diet, regular exercise, and giving up smoking and alcohol consumption are also effective in warding off the flu.

Those who just had their Covid-19 vaccine must wait for at least 14 days before getting the flu jab. Elderly people who are fit to take the flu vaccine must have no problem getting vaccinated for Covid-19. They should receive a coronavirus vaccine early as long as they not suffering from acute illness.

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The government provides free or subsidized flu shots for eligible groups through various schemes targeting those who are in elderly care homes, schools or are disabled.

Eligible persons include residents of care homes for the elderly and persons with disabilities, child care centres, children aged six months to under 12 years, persons aged 50 and above, pregnant women, persons with intellectual disability and recipients of Disability Allowance.

For more information, visit the website of the Centre for Health Protection ( or call 2125 2125 during office hours.

Over at POLO, those qualified to take the flu shot can go to the conference room on the 29th floor of the United Centre Bldg in Admiralty from 9:30am to 4:30pm tomorrow.

All they have to do is present their Hong Kong ID card and fill up a vaccination form at the registration desk outside the conference room.


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