Eligible persons may receive subsidised influenza vaccination from private doctors who have enrolled into the Scheme, with subsidy of $260 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$400 per dose and subsidy level of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) is HK$800 per dose. Details are as follows:
|Elderly aged 65 years or above
|Have not received any
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 :
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2. When will VSS start?
Eligible persons can get subsidised influenza vaccination starting from 6 October 2022. 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 2022.
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:
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:
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:
1. Who are eligible under the VSS?
The following Hong Kong residents are eligible to join VSS:
@ 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 18 years old?
Children who are Hong Kong residents and aged 18 years or above but attending a secondary 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.
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 18, 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 18 years or above are eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy only if they are attending secondary schools in Hong Kong.
8. My child is under 18 years old but is not studying in secondary school. Is he / she eligible for the influenza vaccination subsidy?
Yes. Your child is eligible since he / she is under 18 years old. Furthermore, children who are Hong Kong residents and aged 18 years or above but attending a secondary school in Hong Kong are also 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?
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.
1. How much is the VSS subsidy?
In 2023/24, the subsidy for each dose of seasonal influenza vaccine is HK$260. 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 2023/24.
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$400. Subsidy level of one dose of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is HK$800.
* High-risk conditions include:
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.
Source: Centre for Health Protection
last update : 12 September 2023
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