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1 September 2017
About the Scheme  

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Background

Under the VSS 2017/18, subsidised seasonal influenza vaccination will be provided to Hong Kong residents including pregnant women, elderly aged 65 years or above, children aged 6 months to under 12 years (or attending primary school in Hong Kong), persons with intellectual disability and persons receiving Disability Allowance at private medical doctors enrolled in the Scheme. The subsidy is HK$190 per dose of seasonal influenza vaccination.

Since 2009, Hong Kong residents aged 65 years or above who have never received pneumococcal vaccination before, the Government will also subsidise HK$190 for one dose of 23-valent polysaccharide pneumococcal vaccination (23vPPV). To strengthen the prevention of pneumococcal infection, starting in 2017/18, Government will provide one dose of subsidised 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) and one dose of subsidised 23vPPV one year after to elderly aged 65 years or above with high-risk conditions. Subsidy level of one dose of 23vPPV is HK$190. Subsidy level of one dose of PCV13 is HK$730. Details:

Elderly aged 65 years or above Have not received any pneumococcal vaccination Have received 23vPPV
Without high-risk conditions Subsidise one dose of 23vPPV 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

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.

The Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases under the Centre for Health Protection has recommended eligible persons to receive yearly seasonal influenza vaccination and elderly to receive pneumococcal vaccination because of their higher disease-related complication risk and hospitalisation rate. The latest recommendations can be viewed at: http://www.chp.gov.hk/en/sas6/101/110/106.html


Eligible Pregnant Women

Women are eligible for subsidised seasonal influenza if they are Hong Kong residents and pregnant.


Eligible Elderly

Elderly are eligible for subsidised seasonal influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations if they are Hong Kong residents AND aged 65 years or above this year.


Eligible Children

Children are eligible for subsidised influenza vaccination if they are Hong Kong residents AND meet either of the following conditions on the day of vaccination:

  • i. between the age of 6 months and less than 12 years; or
  • ii. attending a primary school in Hong Kong (please bring along the student card or handbook)

Eligible Persons with Intellectual Disability

Persons are eligible for subsidized influenza vaccination if they are Hong Kong residents AND have the following document proof:

  • i. the Registration Card for People with Disabilities (with indication of intellectual disability*); or

  • ii. a certificate certifying the person is a person with intellectual disability (PID) or eligible for VSS 2017/18 issued by a registered doctor or the person in-charge from the designated institutions serving the PID

*The term "mentally handicap" is also accepted.

Please bring along the above document.


Eligible Persons receiving Disability Allowance

Persons are eligible for subsidized influenza vaccination if they are Hong Kong residents AND receiving the Disability Allowance issued by the Social Welfare Department (SWD). Please bring along the approval letter for Disability Allowance issued by SWD.


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