All Macao’s local residents over six months old can get a free shot against influenza from today.
The Health Bureau (SSM) said that it has vaccinated over 57,000 high-risk residents since the programme started on 20 September.
The bureau has ordered 180,000 doses of quadrivalent flu vaccines for the seasonal influenza shots.
The SSM decided to extend its annual free flu shots to all residents with the aim of building a stronger immunity barrier in the community and “making good use” of the remaining flu shots.
Residents can make an appointment for a shot which are available at the Conde de São Januário Hospital Centre, eight public health centres, two public health stations, as well as the Kiang Wu Hospital, the University Hospital in Taipa, and the clinic run by the Macau Federation of Trade Unions located in Rua do Bispo Medeiros near Praça do Tap Seac.
The Health Bureau suggests that those who have not been inoculated against the novel coronavirus receive their Covid-19 jabs first before getting vaccinated against the 2021-22 seasonal flu. The bureau also said that those who have just received their Covid-19 jabs need to wait two weeks before they can have the influenza shots.
The SSM reminded residents that those who had their flu jab between September last year and August this year for the 2020-21 flu season will have to get the new shot, which will cover the upcoming winter and next year’s summer in the northern hemisphere, The Macau Post Daily reported.