Measles Vaccination for Hong Kong Domestic Helpers
The Hong Kong government is providing free measles vaccination (“Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccines” (MMR vaccine)) services to foreign domestic helpers. Helpers can receive injections at designated clinics and group/ outreach vaccination activities through outsourced private medical organisations.
Eligibility to receive free measles vaccinations
People with medical proof of immunity (i.e. tested positive for measles immunoglobulin G) are not required to receive MMR vaccination. Foreign domestic helpers working in Hong Kong who do not have proven immunity and fulfill the following criteria are eligible for free MMR vaccination:
(1) Born in or after 1967, and have not received two doses of measles vaccination before, and did not have laboratory confirmed measles infection; or
(2) Have laboratory evidence of tested non-immune to measles (i.e. tested negative/indeterminate for measles immunoglobulin G).
Documents to bring along for vaccination
(1) employment contract or working visa; and
(2) Hong Kong Identity Card or Passport
The outsourced private medical organisation will transfer a copy of the above-mentioned documents to the Department of Health for identity verification and record purposes.
Time and venue of service
Eligible foreign domestic helpers can make appointments for the first and/ or second dose of MMR vaccination from now on:
Hong Kong Island (service till 15 February 2020)
Kowloon (service till 15 February 2020)
New Territories (service till 15 December 2019)
Here is the list of group/ outreach venues providing MMR vaccination service.
Please be noted that prior booking for vaccination is necessary.
8 Steps of receiving MMR vaccination
(1) Choose a designated clinic or group/ outreach vaccination venue in any region
(2) Call the designated phone number for enquiry and book an appointment
(3) Bring along the employment contract or working visa; and the Hong Kong Identity Card or Passport when going for the injections
(4) Read the information about measles vaccination provided by the service provider
(5) Complete the screening questionnaire provided by the service provider, which will be used to assess the suitability for vaccination
(6) Sign the Consent Form at the vaccination venue
(7) Receive MMR vaccination
(8) Receive a vaccination card with details recorded: name of recipient, type of vaccine, date of vaccination and name of service provider
The above information is taken from the Department of Health website and is also available in other languages. You may also want to know more about the programme here.