Can domestic helpers get Covid-19 vaccines in Hong Kong?

Yes. Migrant domestic helpers are included in the Hong Kong government COVID-19 Vaccination scheme. The vaccine is available free-of-charge.

How can domestic helpers get the Covid-19 vaccination in Hong Kong?

Domestic helpers can make a booking via the government vaccination scheme website.

How can an electronic vaccination record be downloaded?

Vaccination records can be downloaded online. This can be done from the government website or the iAM Smart app. For step by step instructions, check this website.

Vaccination record keeping

It is recommended for domestic helpers to keep their vaccination records safely. In addition to this, it is always good for domestic helpers to keep a photo of their vaccination record on their phones in case they need it.

Can a domestic helper be told to get the vaccination as part of her job?

It is the individual’s decision whether or not to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. We encourage employers and domestic helpers to have open conversation about this and in order to better understand each other’s needs and concerns. For more information on this, you can have a look at the advisory from the Equal Opportunities Commission on this topic.

What should a domestic helper do if they experience any side-effects after taking the Covid-19 vaccine?

Like all vaccines, side effects are a possibility. It is also important to note that mild side-effects such as aches, mild fever are common.

Before taking a Covid-19 vaccine, make sure to declare any health conditions and consult a professional medical opinion if necessary. In the unlikely event of severe side effects, seek medical attention immediately and report this to the Department of Health.

Who is responsible for the related medical costs in the event of side-effects?

According to the Standard Employment Contract, employers must provide free medical treatment and emergency dental treatment for domestic helpers – irrespective of whether the injury or illness is related to domestic helper’s job duties.

Please note that the Hong Kong government has set up an Indemnity Fund for Adverse Events Following Immunization with COVID-19 Vaccines (AEFI Fund) to provide financial support to eligible individuals who experience bad side-effects after taking the vaccine.

Last updated on August 24th, 2023

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