Skip to content

Special arrangement: receiving nasal spray live attenuated influenza vaccines and injectable inactivated influenza vaccines under the Vaccination Subsidy Scheme

Special arrangement: receiving nasal spray live attenuated influenza vaccines and injectable inactivated influenza vaccines under the Vaccination Subsidy Scheme
2021-01-12

The Government has allocated extra nasal spray live attenuated influenza vaccines (LAIV) and injectable inactivated influenza vaccines (IIV) to doctors enrolled in the Vaccination Subsidy Scheme (VSS) to provide vaccination to eligible Hong Kong residents. Please browse the related Press Releases on 18 December / 3 December / 22 October 2020.


Nasal spray live attenuated influenza vaccines

Please click here for the list of clinics providing nasal spray live attenuated influenza vaccines under the special arrangement for enquiries and appointments. 

LAIV will be provided while stocks last. Those who wish to receive vaccination are recommended to make appointment early with the clinics concerned.

The end date of this special arrangement is 15 March 2021. The clinics may end earlier than this date depending on the stock or shelf life of the vaccine.

Eligible persons

Hong Kong residents aged between 2 years and 49 years (except those who are pregnant, have low immunity or have other contraindications, and are therefore unsuitable to receive LAIV), are eligible to receive LAIV.

The following eligible groups of VSS are eligible to receive free LAIV:

  • Children aged between 2 years and below 12 years, or children aged 12 years or above who are studying at a primary school in Hong Kong; or
  • Persons with intellectual disability; or
  • Persons receiving the Disability Allowance; or
  • Recipients of standard rate of “100% disabled” or “requiring constant attendance” under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme

There are persons who should not receive LAIV (for example those who are pregnant, have low immunity or have contraindications). Please consult your doctor for details and click here to learn more about the contraindications to receive LAIV.

Latest arrangement

With the winter surge approaching and the COVID-19 epidemic remains severe, other Hong Kong residents could receive LAIV under the one-off special arrangement which starts from 22 December 2020, the private doctors can collect not more than $100 from the vaccinated person. Please browse the related Press Releases on 18 December 2020.


Injectable inactivated influenza vaccines

Please click here for the list of non-governmental organisations/private doctors/clinics enrolled in the VSS coordinated by the Home Affairs Department, which provide injectable inactivated influenza vaccines (IIV), for enquiries and appointments.

IIV will be provided while stocks last. Those who wish to receive vaccination are recommended to make appointment early with the clinics concerned.

The following eligible groups of Vaccination Subsidy Scheme are eligible to receive free IIV:

There are persons who should not receive IIV. Please consult your doctor for details and click here to learn more.


Eligible persons should receive influenza vaccine early

Eligible persons should receive the influenza vaccine early because the end date of this special arrangement depends on the supply of vaccines and the shelf life of vaccines. Children under 9 years of age who have never received any influenza vaccination before are recommended to receive 2 doses with a minimum interval of 4 weeks in the 2020-21 season. Since the winter influenza season usually begin in January in Hong Kong and it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to provide protection against influenza virus infection, please check with the doctor about the vaccination arrangement early.


Differences between LAIV and IIV

Differences between LAIV and IIV


Frequently Asked Questions on Seasonal Influenza Vaccination

Please click here to learn more.


Vaccination Subsidy Scheme

Please click here for details of the VSS.


Enquiry

Programme Management and Vaccination Division
Tel: 2125 2125
Fax: 2713 9576
E-mail: [email protected]
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-17:30 hours. No service on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday.