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Congen Tejada says Consulate asking HK to rescind mandatory vaccination

02 May 2021

By The SUN 

CG Tejada is asking HK to backtrack on mandatory vaccination

Consul General Raly Tejada says he is working on getting the Hong Kong government to backtrack on its mandatory vaccination order for all foreign domestic helpers applying for employment visas.

Wala pang date of implementation ang mandatory vaccination sa mga mag renew ng visa or mag transfer so we will work hard na kausapin sila para sana di na ito matuloy,” Congen Tejada said when asked how the Consulate planned to respond to the mandatory tests and jabs on FDHs announced by Hong Kong on Friday.


(No date has yet been set for implementing mandatory vaccination for those renewing their visas or transferring to new employers, so we will work hard to talk (to Hong Kong officials) so hopefully this won’t push through.

Tejada also said the Hong Kong government should have consulted concerned consulates first before ordering all FDHs to undergo Covid-19 test between May 1 to 9, and to get vaccinated when they apply for new work visas.

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“It would have been better if concerned consulates like the Philippines, Indonesia and other countries of origin were consulted on this matter as it involves the substantive (human) rights of our nationals,” he said.

“The Consulate has been supportive of HK’s ‘free and voluntary’ vaccination program and have actively campaigned for this. However, our nationals need not be forced to take the vaccine since I am confident that they will do the right thing.”


Tejada also said that if Hong Kong wanted to impose mandatory vaccination for people who are on work visas here, everyone in the same situation should be included, not just FDHs.

“If vaccination becomes a condition to work in Hong Kong then its application should be non-discriminatory so that there is no feeling among our FDHs that they are being singled out. Maraming non-residents din na similarly situated at pareho ang linya ng trabaho, so bakit FDH lang?” he asked.

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(There are many other non-residents who are similarly situated, and are under the same work conditions, so why single out FDHs?)

FDHs have been swamping testing sites in a bid to beat the deadline

Tejada did not deal with the issue of mandatory testing, as it has become moot with the implementation already underway.

However, he said he is consulting informally with other consuls general on the possibility of taking a joint position on the Hong Kong government’s pronouncements.


FDH groups like the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body have earlier called on their respective consulates to take a firm stand on the issue which they have criticized as discriminatory, and added to their stigmatization.

However, Hong Kong officials have remained firm in their stance towards mandatory tests and vaccination for FDHs, calling them “high risk” because they gather in large numbers on their days off, then return to their employers’ homes where many look after the elderly and children.

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Labour Secretary Law Chi-kwong has said details of the mandatory vaccination, including the starting date of implementation are still being worked out, but will be released in due course.


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