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About the Programme

About the Programme
2020-09-11
Residential Care Home Vaccination Programme (RVP)
 
Background

Since 1998, the Government has provided seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) for residents of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly (RCHE). Starting in 2003 and 2005, the Government extended SIV to residents of Residential Care Home for persons with disabilities (RCHD) (including boarders of special schools with boarding section) and staff of both RCHE and RCHD, respectively. In 2009, pneumococcal vaccinatio
n was introduced to provide 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (23vPPV) to all residents of RCHE and residents of age 65 years or above in RCHD who have never received any pneumococcal vaccination before. 

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.

Eligibility

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination

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. 

The Government will provide inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine to the eligible persons under this programme. 

Pneumococcal Vaccination

Residents of RCHE and residents of RCHD aged 65 years or above are eligible for one dose of free 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) and one dose of free 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (23vPPV). 

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

Definition of RCH

"Residential Care Home" means: 


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