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Government Vaccination Subsidy Scheme : FAQ

A. General Information on Vaccination Subsidy Scheme (VSS)
  1. What is Vaccination Subsidy Scheme (VSS)?
  2. When will VSS start?
  3. Where can the public get information of VSS?
  4. Where can I get the “Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy” form under the VSS?
  5. Can I receive free/subsidised seasonal influenza vaccination?
  6. Can elder get the pneumococcal vaccination at a public clinic?
  7. How can I / my child open an eHealth service recipient account?

B. Eligibility
  1. Who are eligible under the VSS?
  2. What kinds of identity document are accepted under the VSS?
  3. Is my child eligible for VSS if he / she is 12 years old?
  4. Can my 3-month-old child get influenza vaccination and subsidy?
  5. Is my child eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy if he / she holds a dependent visa to stay in Hong Kong with parents?
  6. My child was born in Hong Kong. Is he / she eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy although both of us are not Hong Kong residents?
  7. My child, aged 12, is a Hong Kong resident and is attending primary school in Mainland / overseas. Is he / she eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy?
  8. My child is under 12 years old but studying in secondary school. Is he / she eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy?
  9. Am I eligible for VSS to receive influenza vaccination if I am 50 years old on 1 December this year?
  10. My father, aged above 50 years old, is a Hong Kong resident and is living in mainland mainly. Is he eligible for the vaccination subsidy to receive influenza vaccination?
  11. Am I eligible to receive seasonal influenza vaccination with subsidy if I am 50 years old or above but stay in Hong Kong with a working visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department?
  12. I am 50 years old, am I eligible to receive pneumococcal vaccination with subsidy?
  13. For persons aged 12 to under 50 who are recipients of standard rate of “100% disabled” or “requiring constant attendance” under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme, what documents should they bring to VSS clinics?

C. Subsidy and Clinic Charge
  1. How much is the VSS subsidy?
  2. Do subsidised persons or their parents / guardians need to pay any fee?
  3. Will all enrolled doctors charge the same rate?
  4. Is the difference in service fees among clinics related to different costs of vaccines? Are the more expensive vaccines more effective?
  5. Will the Government provide more subsidies for persons who choose certain types of influenza vaccine?
  6. For elderly who have received the free pneumococcal vaccination at public clinic, are they still entitled to have subsidy for pneumococcal vaccine?
  7. For elderly without high-risk conditions who have not yet received the pneumococcal vaccination, are they entitled to have subsidy for 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine?

D. Procedures to Obtain Subsidy
  1. Where can eligible persons receive the subsidised influenza vaccination? Do eligible persons / their parents need to make an appointment before the vaccination?
  2. Do parents / guardians have to take their child / ward to get the vaccination in person?
  3. What documents do I have to present when I / my child gets the vaccination?
  4. Can elderly bring their senior citizen card to the enrolled doctor instead of Hong Kong Identity Card for vaccination?
  5. Who should sign the "Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy" form?
  6. How can the mentally incapacitated persons (including those who are mentally handicapped and mentally disordered) use the vaccination subsidy?
  7. If the person is illiterate, how can he / she sign on the "Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy" form?
  8. If the person is illiterate, can staff of medical organisations (e.g. nurses) be the witness in the "Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy" form?
  9. What is the purpose of requiring subsidized persons or their parents / guardians to sign the “Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy” form?
  10. Is it necessary to open an eHealth (Subsidies) account for vaccination?
  11. If enrolled doctor provides outreaching vaccination services, how can vaccine recipients identify them?
  12. Can elderly get influenza vaccination and pneumococcal vaccination at different clinics?


A. General Information on Vaccination Subsidy Scheme (VSS)

1. What is Vaccination Subsidy Scheme (VSS)?
Vaccination Subsidy Scheme (VSS) is a scheme that provides subsidised seasonal influenza and pneumococcal vaccination to eligible Hong Kong residents through the participation of private doctors. The Government reimburses subsidy to enrolled doctors for providing vaccinations to eligible persons. On top of Government's subsidy, enrolled doctors may impose extra charge for the vaccination. VSS in 2021/22 covers the following eligible groups for seasonal influenza vaccination:
  • Pregnant women;
  • Elderly aged 65 years or above;
  • Persons aged between 50 and 64 years;
  • Children aged between 6 months and below 12 years, or children aged 12 years or above who are studying at a primary school in Hong Kong;
  • Persons with intellectual disavility (PID);
  • Persons receiving Disability Allowance;and
  • Recipients of standard rate of “100% disabled” or “requiring constant attendance” under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme

Eligible persons may receive subsidised influenza vaccination from private doctors who have enrolled into the Scheme, with subsidy of $240 per dose. Two doses of influenza vaccines are required for a child aged under 9 years if he/she has not been vaccinated against influenza before.

Besides, eligible elderly aged 65 or above can also get Government subsidy for pneumococcal vaccination (available throughout the year). The subsidy level of 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (23vPPV) is HK$300 per dose and subsidy level of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) is HK$760 per dose. Details are as follows:

Elderly aged 65 years or above Have not received any
pneumococcal vaccination
Have received
23vPPV
Have received
PCV13
Have received
bothPCV13 & 23vPPV
Without high-risk conditions* Subsidise one dose of 23vPPV No vaccination needed No vaccination needed No vaccination needed
With high-risk conditions* Subsidise one dose of PCV13 followed by one dose of 23vPPV one year after Subsidise one mop-up dose of PCV13 one year after the previous 23vPPV Subsidise one mop-up dose of 23vPPV one year after the previous PCV13 No vaccination needed

*High-risk conditions include :

  • History of invasive pneumococcal disease, cerebrospinal fluid leakage or cochlear implant;
  • Chronic cardiovascular (except hypertension without complications), lung, liver or kidney diseases;
  • Metabolic diseases including diabetes mellitus or obesity (Body Mass Index 30 or above);
  • Immunocompromised states related to weakened immune system due to conditions such as asplenia, Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or cancer/steroid treatment; and
  • Chronic neurological conditions that can compromise respiratory functions or the handling of respiratory secretions, or increase the risk of aspiration, or those who lack the ability to take care of themselves.

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2. When will VSS start?
Eligible persons can get subsidised influenza vaccination starting from 6 October 2021. As it usually takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against seasonal influenza virus, eligible persons are advised to visit participating private medical doctors' clinics for vaccination as early as possible to protect from the possible winter influenza season.

The Scheme for elderly to receive 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine has been effective since its launch in October 2009, while the Scheme for elderly with high-risk conditions to receive 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine has been effective from October 2017. Elderly can receive vaccination from an enrolled doctor at any time throughout the year. The new subsidy level will start from 6 October 2021.

3. Where can the public get information of VSS?
The public can browse theCentre for Health Protection website or call 2125 2125 for information on VSS.

4. Where can I get the “Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy” form under the VSS?
You may download the "Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy" form directly from the Centre for Health Protection website; a copy can also be obtained at the enrolled clinics. You can also complete and sign the "Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy" form printed out at the enrolled clinic after your / your child's personal information has been entered into the eHealth System (Subsidies).

5. Can I receive free/subsidised seasonal influenza vaccination?
The following eligible groups can receive free seasonal influenza vaccination in the public sector under Government Vaccination Programme:

  • Elderly: Hong Kong residents aged 65 years or above
  • Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients or Hong Kong residents holding a valid Certificate for Waiver of Medical Charges issued by the Social Welfare Department:
    • Persons aged between 50 and less than 65 years
    • Persons aged less than 50 years with high-risk conditions attending public clinics
    • Persons aged between 12 and less than 50 years receiving standard rate of "100% disabled" or "requiring constant attendance"
    • Children aged between 6 months and less than 12 years
    • Pregnant women
  • Persons with high-risk conditions:
    • Paediatric out-patients with high-risk conditions or on long-term aspirin
    • In-patients under Hospital Authority (HA)
    • Disability Allowance recipients or persons with intellectual disability who are existing clients of HA, clinics of Department of Health (DH), designated day centres, sheltered workshops or special schools
  • Other persons:
    • Residents of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly or Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities
    • Children aged between 6 months and less than 12 years at Residential Child Care Centres
    • Non-institutionalised Persons with Intellectual Disability (PID) receiving services in designated institutions
    • Healthcare workers working in DH, HA, Residential Care Homes (for the Elderly or Persons with Disabilities) or Residential Child Care Centres
    • Poultry workers
    • Pig farmers and pig-slaughtering industry personnel

For more information about the Government Vaccination Programme and the designated clinics, please visit the Centre for Health Protection website.

Besides free vaccination, the Government provides subsidised seasonal influenza vaccination for the following eligible groups of Hong Kong residents under Vaccination Subsidy Scheme:

  • Pregnant women
  • Persons aged 50 years or above
  • Children aged between 6 months and less than 12 years or studying at a primary school in Hong Kong
  • Persons with intellectual disability
  • Disability Allowance recipients
  • Recipients of standard rate of “100% disabled” or “requiring constant attendance” under the CSSA Scheme
For more information about the Vaccination Subsidy Scheme, please visit the Centre for Health Protection website.


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6. Can elderly get the pneumococcal vaccination at a public clinic?
Elderly aged 65 or above with high-risk conditions* attending public clinics, or receiving Comprehensive Social Security Assistance or holding valid Certificate for Waiver of Medical Charges issued by SWD, can get free pneumococcal vaccination under Government Vaccination Programme at public clinics. All elderly aged 65 or above can receive subsidised pneumococcal vaccination at enrolled private doctors’ clinics.

*High-risk conditions include:

  • History of invasive pneumococcal disease, cerebrospinal fluid leakage or cochlear implant;
  • Chronic cardiovascular (except hypertension without complications), lung, liver or kidney diseases;
  • Metabolic diseases including diabetes mellitus or obesity (Body Mass Index 30 or above);
  • Immunocompromised states related to weakened immune system due to conditions such as asplenia, Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or cancer/steroid treatment; and
  • Chronic neurological conditions that can compromise respiratory functions or the handling of respiratory secretions, or increase the risk of aspiration, or those who lack the ability to take care of themselves.
7. How can I / my child open an eHealth (Subsidies) service recipient account?
The VSS enrolled doctor will open the eHealth (Subsidies) account for you / your child when you / your child get subsidised vaccination. The registration is voluntary and free.

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B. Eligibility

1. Who are eligible under the VSS?
The following Hong Kong residents are eligible to join VSS:

  • Pregnant women;
  • Elderly aged 65 years or above in this year;
  • Persons aged between 50 and 64 years;
  • Children aged between 6 months and below 12 years, or children aged 12 years or above who are studying at a primary school in Hong Kong;
  • Persons with intellectual disability (PID) holding Registration Card for Person with Disabilities (with indication of intellectual disability or mentally handicap), or a certificate certifying the person is a PID or eligible for VSS 2021/22 issued by a registered doctor or the person in-charge from the designated institutions serving the PID;
  • Persons receiving the Disability Allowance
  • Recipients of standard rate of “100% disabled” or “requiring constant attendance” under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme


2. What kinds of identity document are accepted under the VSS?

    Valid identity documents applicable to persons aged 11 years or above include:
    • Hong Kong Identity Card@; or
    • Certificate of Exemption
    Valid identity documents applicable to children aged below 11 years include:
    • Hong Kong Identity Card@;
    • Hong Kong Birth Certificate indicating that the holder's Hong Kong resident status "Established";
    • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Re-entry Permit;
    • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Document of Identity for Visa Purposes (if the observation page bears the remark "The bearer has the right to return to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provided that the limit of stay in the Region imposed upon the bearer (as endorsed on this document) has not expired", the limit of stay in Hong Kong is still valid)
    • "Permit to Remain in the HKSAR" (ID 235B) showing unconditioned stay in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or that the holder’s limit of stay in Hong Kong is still valid;
    • Travel document with endorsement or relevant landing slip (if applicable), showing -
      - "Permitted to remain until (date*)"; or "Permission to remain extended until (date*)" (* the limit of stay in Hong Kong is still valid);
      - "The holder of this travel document has the right to land in Hong Kong";
      - "The holder arrived Hong Kong on (date) and was permitted to land in Hong Kong";
      - "Previous conditions of stay are hereby cancelled";
      - "Holder’s eligibility for Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card verified";
      - "Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region";
      - "Unconditional stay in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region had been granted"; and
    • Certificate issued by the Births and Deaths Registry for adopted children indicating that the holder's permanent resident status "Established".

    @ Except for those who obtained a Hong Kong Identity Card by virtue of a previous permission to land or remain in Hong Kong granted to him/ her and such permission has expired or ceased to be valid.


    3. Is my child eligible for VSS if he / she is 12 years old?
    Children who are Hong Kong residents and aged 12 years or above but attending a primary school in Hong Kong are eligible for VSS. Parents have to show the attending doctor the child's Student Handbook or Student Card and submit a photocopy to the doctor.


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    4. Can my 3-month-old child get influenza vaccination and subsidy?
    Influenza vaccine is not approved for use in children less than 6 months old. You may bring your child for vaccination when the child is 6 months old. Please consult family doctors for any enquiry.


    5. Is my child eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy if he / she holds a dependent visa to stay in Hong Kong with parents?
    If your child's travel document has the endorsement showing "Permitted to remain until (date*)"; or "Permission to remain extended until (date*)" (* the limit of stay in Hong Kong is still valid), he / she is eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy.


    6. My child was born in Hong Kong. Is he / she eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy although both of us are not Hong Kong residents?
    Your child will be eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy if he / she holds identity document that can prove his / her Hong Kong resident status.


    7. My child, aged 12, is a Hong Kong resident and is attending primary school in Mainland / overseas. Is he / she eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy?
    No. Children aged 12 years or above are eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy only if they are attending primary schools in Hong Kong.


    8. My child is under 12 years old but studying in secondary school. Is he / she eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy?
    Yes. Your child is eligible since he / she is under 12 years old. Furthermore, children who are Hong Kong residents and aged 12 years or above but attending a primary school in Hong Kong are also eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy.


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    9. Am I eligible for VSS to receive influenza vaccination if I am 50 years old on 1 December this year?
    Yes. Hong Kong residents who are 50 years old or above this year are eligible for VSS to receive influenza vaccination. The vaccine recipients have to show the enrolled doctor the valid Hong Kong Identity Card or Certificate of Exemption to get subsidised influenza vaccination service.


    10. My father, aged above 50 years old, is a Hong Kong resident and is living in mainland mainly. Is he eligible for the vaccination subsidy to receive influenza vaccination?
    Yes. If he is a Hong Kong resident aged 50 years or above this year, he is eligible for VSS to receive influenza vaccination. He will have to show the enrolled doctor his valid Hong Kong Identity Card or Certificate of Exemption to get the subsidised influenza vaccination service.


    11. Am I eligible to receive seasonal influenza vaccination with subsidy if I am 50 years old or above but stay in Hong Kong with a working visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department?
    If your working visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department is still valid on the day of vaccination, you are entitled to receive influenza vaccination with subsidy. Please show your Hong Kong Identity Card to the scheme enrolled doctor for checking of your eligibility.


    12. I am 50 years old, am I eligible to receive pneumococcal vaccination with subsidy?
    No. Pneumococcal vaccination subsidy is only provided to Hong Kong residents aged 65 years or above.


    13. For persons aged 12 to under 50 who are recipients of standard rate of “100% disabled” or “requiring constant attendance” under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme, what documents should they bring to VSS clinics?
    Please bring along valid “Certificate of CSSA Recipients (for Medical Waivers)” issued before 15 December 2018 or the new Annex page of “Notification of Successful Application” / “Notification of Revision of Assistance” to prove the status of CSSA recipient. Moreover, please sign the self-declaration form provided at clinics enrolled in the VSS before vaccination as a proof of receiving standard rate of “100% disabled” or “requiring constant attendance” under CSSA.


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    C. Subsidy and Clinic Charge

    1. How much is the VSS subsidy?
    In 2021/22, the subsidy for each dose of seasonal influenza vaccine is HK$240. For children under 9 years old who have never received seasonal influenza vaccination, subsidy for a maximum of 2 doses will be provided. Children who had 1 or more seasonal influenza vaccinations in previous seasons will only have subsidy for one dose in 2021/22.

    The Government also subsidises eligible elderly to receive pneumococcal vaccine from private doctors. Subsidy level of one dose of 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine is HK$300. Subsidy level of one dose of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is HK$760.


    2. Do subsidised persons or their parents / guardians need to pay any fee?
    The enrolled doctor may charge the eligible person a vaccination service fee after deducting the amount subsidised by Government. Some doctors do not charge any fee. Enrolled doctors are required to display the pricing information on influenza vaccination in the clinic. The Government also posts the fee through the eHealth System (Subsidies) website.

    If extra service fee is required, and the elderly go to the doctors who also participate in the "Elderly Health Care Voucher Scheme" to receive subsidized vaccines, they can use the health care vouchers to pay for the vaccination fees.

    3. Will all enrolled doctors charge the same rate?
    The Government subsidises eligible persons HK$240 for each influenza vaccination, and eligible elderly HK$300 for one dose of 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination and HK$760 for one dose of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccination, but the service fee charged by each doctor may vary. Some doctors do not charge any fee. Enrolled doctors are required to display the pricing information on vaccination in the clinic. The Government also posts the fee through the eHealth System (Subsidies) website.

    4. Is the difference in service fees among clinics related to different costs of vaccines? Are the more expensive vaccines more effective?
    Enrolled doctors are free to choose to buy any brands of vaccines that have been registered in Hong Kong. They can also decide their service fees according to their clinics' operation. In other words, the vaccine cost is not the sole determinant of the service fee. In Hong Kong, the registration and import of vaccines are subject to regulation by the “Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance” to ensure their safety, quality and efficacy.

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    5. Will the Government provide more subsidies for persons who choose certain types of influenza vaccine?
    No. The Government subsidises HK$240 for each vaccination provided that it is recommended by the Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases and also registered in Hong Kong, regardless of the type or the brand of the influenza vaccine.

    6. For elderly who have received the free pneumococcal vaccination at public clinic, are they still entitled to have subsidy for pneumococcal vaccine?
    • Elderly without high-risk conditions* who have received free / subsidised 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (23vPPV) or 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccination (PCV13), is not entitled for further pneumococcal vaccination subsidy;
    • Elderly with high-risk conditions* who have received 23vPPV, is entitled for subsidy for one dose of PCV13;
    • Elderly with high-risk conditions* who have received PCV13, is entitled for subsidy for one dose of 23vPPV;
    • Elderly with high-risk conditions* who have received both 23vPPV and PCV13, is not entitled for further pneumococcal vaccination subsidy.

    * High-risk conditions include:

  • History of invasive pneumococcal disease, cerebrospinal fluid leakage or cochlear implant;
  • Chronic cardiovascular (except hypertension without complications), lung, liver or kidney diseases;
  • Metabolic diseases including diabetes mellitus or obesity (Body Mass Index 30 or above);
  • Immunocompromised states related to weakened immune system due to conditions such as asplenia, Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or cancer/steroid treatment; and
  • Chronic neurological conditions that can compromise respiratory functions or the handling of respiratory secretions, or increase the risk of aspiration, or those who lack the ability to take care of themselves.

  • 7. For elderly without high-risk conditions who have not yet received the pneumococcal vaccination, are they entitled to have subsidy for 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine?
    No. The Government only provides one dose of free or subsidized 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine to eligible elderly without high-risk conditions.

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    D. Procedures to Obtain Subsidy

    1. Where can eligible persons receive the subsidised influenza vaccination? Do eligible persons / their parents need to make an appointment before the vaccination?
    Only doctors enrolled in the Vaccination Subsidy Scheme (VSS) can provide subsidised vaccination. Information about doctors who have joined VSS is posted on the Centre for Health Protection website. Enrolled doctors also display the VSS logo and price poster in their clinics. You / parents may contact the clinic to check if it is necessary to make an appointment.


    2. Do parents / guardians have to take their child / ward to get the vaccination in person?
    Not necessarily. Another person, e.g. a relative / domestic helper may bring the child / ward to an enrolled doctor for vaccination, provided that the parent / guardian has completed and signed the “Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy” form. The form should be handed in after the doctor / medical staff has confirmed the child / ward can receive the vaccination.

    3. What documents do I have to present when I / my child gets the vaccination?
    The following documents should be presented to the enrolled doctor:
    • Hong Kong resident identity document (e.g. Hong Kong Identity Card or Hong Kong Birth Certificate.
    • If the child is aged 12 years or above but studying at primary school, bring along the child's Student Handbook / Student Card and submit a photocopy to the doctor;
    • For persons with intellectual disability (PID), bring along their Registration Card for People with Disabilities (with indication of intellectual disability or mentally handicap), or a certificate certifying the person is a PID or eligible for VSS 2021/22 issued by a registered doctor or the person in-charge from the designated institutions serving the PID and submit a photocopy to the doctor;
    • For Disability Allowance recipients, bring along the letter issued by the Social Welfare Department informing their successful application for Disability Allowance and submit a photocopy to the doctor;
    • For persons aged 12 to under 50 who are recipients of standard rate of “100% disabled” or “requiring constant attendance” under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme, bring along their valid “Certificate of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Recipients (for Medical Waivers)” which was issued before 15 December 2018, or Annex page of valid “Notification of Successful Application” / “Notification of Revision of Assistance” to proof his/her eligibility for CSSA and submit a photocopy to the doctor. The person or the parent/ guardian is required to sign a self-declaration form provided by the doctor enrolled in the VSS to declare his/her eligibility status as in receipt of standard rate of payment as being certified of 100% disabled or requiring constant attendance under the CSSA scheme;
    • If parents / guardians ask others to bring their children / wards to clinic for vaccination, they should complete the "Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy" beforehand. The form is available at enrolled doctors' clinics, or downloadable from the Centre for Health Protection website;
    • The immunisation records (vaccination cards)
    *The term "mentally handicap" is also accepted

    4. Can elderly bring their senior citizen card to the enrolled doctor instead of Hong Kong Identity Card for vaccination?
    No. Eligible elderly should show his / her valid Hong Kong Identity Card or Certificate of Exemption to get the subsidised vaccination services.

    5. Who should sign the "Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy" form?
    For persons aged below 18 years / persons with mental incapacitation, the "Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy" form should be signed by parents / guardians. Otherwise, the form can be signed by the vaccine recipients.

    6. How can the mentally incapacitated persons (including those who are mentally handicapped and mentally disordered) use the vaccination subsidy?
    Guardians are given the legal power by the Guardianship Board to make important decisions. For cases with the Director of Social Welfare Department as the legal guardian, they will be followed up by social workers of the Social Welfare Department. Regarding persons who are incapable of making their own decisions and have no legal guardian, issues concerned are usually handled by their family members or social workers (not duly authorised) on the premise that the benefit and welfare of the persons are safeguarded. These arrangements are also applicable to the scheme.

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    7. If the person is illiterate, how can he / she sign on the “Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy” form?
    If the person is illiterate, he / she can put a finger print on the space for signature to indicate that he / she agrees with the use of Government subsidy for vaccination service. The process needs to be witnessed by an adult who should put his / her name, Hong Kong Identity Card number and sign on the "Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy" form as well.

    8. If the person is illiterate, can staff of medical organisations (e.g. nurses) be the witness in the "Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy" form?
    Yes. The witness has to write down his / her name, Hong Kong Identity Card number and sign on the "Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy" form.

    9. What is the purpose of requiring subsidized persons or their parents / guardians to sign the “Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy” form?
    Subsidised persons or their parents / guardians sign the "Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy" form to indicate that he/she agrees to use the Government subsidy for vaccination(s) and to have their / their child / their ward’s personal data transferred to the Government, Hospital Authority or other relevant healthcare personnel. Staff of the Department of Health may contact the subsidised person or their parent / guardian to verify the information related to vaccination under VSS. The vaccine recipients / parents / guardians should keep all their immunisation records properly. The Consent to Use Vaccination Subsidy form should be completed before vaccination. All signature dates should not be later than the vaccination date.

    10. Is it necessary to open an eHealth (Subsidies) account for vaccination?
    If elderly have already used health care vouchers for health care, they do not need to create another account for vaccine subsidy use. Clinic staff will check your account through the eHealth System (Subsidies) and make use of the Government subsidy for the vaccination. If you have never used health care vouchers / vaccination subsidies, clinic staff will open an eHealth (Subsidies) account for you.

    11. If enrolled doctor provides outreaching vaccination services, how can vaccine recipients identify them?
    Apart from the scheme logo, recipients or their carers can also browse the list of enrolled doctors who provide outreach vaccination service at the Centre for Health Protection website.

    12. Can elderly get influenza vaccination and pneumococcal vaccination at different clinics?
    Yes. Please provide vaccination record / information to enrolled doctor first to check which type of vaccine you require.

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    Source: Centre for Health Protection
    last update : 9 September 2021
    https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/46214.html