RVP was established in 2009 to continue providing free SIV and pneumococcal vaccination to eligible residents and staff of RCHE and RCHD. In 2015, the provision of free SIV was expanded to non-institutionalised persons with intellectual disability (PID) receiving services in designated institutions serving PID, such as day activity centres, sheltered workshops and special schools.
In 2017/18, to further strengthen preventive measures against pneumococcal infection, the Government has been providing an extra dose of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) to eligible residents, in addition to 23vPPV, depending on their past vaccination history.
Starting in 2019/20, the Government has been providing free SIV to children aged 6 months to under 12 years and staff of Residential Child Care Centres (RCCC) under RVP.
The Residential Care Home Vaccination Programme 2020/21 will commence on 22 October 2020.
The Government will provide and deliver free vaccines to the residential care homes (RCH), RCCC and designated institutions serving PID. Visiting Medical Officers (VMOs) enrolled in the programme are invited by RCH, RCCC or designated institutions serving PID to provide vaccination services to eligible recipients. After vaccination, VMO will input the relevant records and submit claims for reimbursement in the eHealth System (Subsidies) [eHS(S)]. Under this programme, the Government will reimburse the VMO $100 per dose of vaccine injection provided to the eligible recipients during the vaccination period. VMO should not charge any fee from the recipients or their parents / guardians or share the vaccination fee with RCH/RCCC/designated institutions serving PID, person-in-charge of RCH/RCCC/designated institutions serving PID, recipients, or their parents / guardians.
i. Residents and boarders of the RCHE / RCHD
ii. Children aged 6 months to under 12 years of the RCCC
iii. Staff of RCHE / RCHD/ RCCC
iv. Non-institutionalised PID receiving services in designated institutions serving PID, such as day activity centres, sheltered workshops and special schools, are eligible for free seasonal influenza vaccination.
i. Residents who have never received PCV13 or 23vPPV before are eligible for one dose of free PCV13, and followed by one dose of free 23vPPV 1 year later
ii. Residents who have already received 23vPPV are eligible for one dose of free PCV13 1 year after previous 23vPPV vaccination
iii. Residents who have already received PCV13 are eligible for one dose of free 23vPPV 1 year after previous PCV13 vaccination
iv. Residents who have already received both PCV13 and 23vPPV do not need to receive any pneumococcal vaccination
a residential care home as defined and licensed under the Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Ordinance, Cap. 459; or
i. a residential care home for persons with disabilities as defined and issued with a licence or certificate of exemption under the Residential Care Homes (Persons with Disabilities) Ordinance (Cap. 613); or
ii. the boarding section of a special school subvented under the Education Bureau ; or
iii. the residential facilities of the Skills Centre (Tuen Mun) of Vocational Training Council ; or
iv. a nursing home as referred to in the Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Maternity Homes Registration Ordinance, Cap. 165 which provides residential services for persons aged 60 or above in Hong Kong ; or
v. Residential Child Care Centres registered under the Social Welfare Department.
Designated institutions for PID which can apply for RVP are:
i. Subvented Day Activity Centre
ii. Subvented Sheltered Workshop
iii. Subvented Integrated Vocational Rehabilitation Services Centre (IVRSC)
iv. Subvented Integrated Vocational Training Centre (IVTC)
v. Subvented District Support Centre for Persons with Disabilities
vi. Aided Schools for Children with Intellectual Disability, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment
The updated list of the above designated institutions serving PID can be found in the websites of Social Welfare Department and Education Bureau.
Eligibility for vaccination service under RVP