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OFWs 50 years old and above can get free flu shots at Polo

07 October 2020

By The SUN 

Polo's advisory showing the schedule for the free flu shots 


If you are an overseas Filipino worker aged 50 years old or older, you can get a free influenza vaccine at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.

The project is part of the Hong Kong Health Department’s Vaccination Subsidy Scheme (VSS) to be launched this Thursday, Oct. 8.

The free flu shots to be administered in Polo will be given on three successive Sundays starting on Oct. 11, and on Thursday, Nov. 5, in its conference room on the 29th floor of United Centre building in Admiralty.

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The free vaccination will be given from 10:30am to 2:30 pm. The only requirement is for the worker to bring her Hong Kong ID card.

Under the main vaccination program or VSS, those qualified to get subsidized vaccination are all residents aged 50 and above, children aged 6 months to under 12 years old (primary students), and persons with disabilities or those receiving disability allowance.

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All qualified residents may go to enrolled private doctors in their clinics to receive the shot, which is subsidized by the DH up to $240 per dose.

A government statement said enrolled clinics are allowed to charge an extra fee, although around 40% of them do it without charging extra.

Enrolled doctors are supposed to display the VSS logo near the entrance of their clinics and a poster showing their charges.

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The list of enrolled doctors and their service fees after deducting the government subsidy has been uploaded to the eHealth System (Subsidies): (apps.hcv.gov.hk/Public/en/SPS/Search).

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Health experts say anyone who gets both flu and Covid-19 could become seriously ill

In addition, under the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination School Outreach, a government outreach team will provide free vaccinations for schoolchildren in participating schools.

The outreach service for kindergartens, kindergarten-cum-child care centres and child care centres will start on Oct 8 while the service for primary schools will begin on Oct 22.

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Parents of eligible children who do not receive the free shots in the school outreach can arrange to have subsidised vaccination for their kids in private clinics enrolled in the VSS.

A statement from the Centre for Health Protection said influenza viruses and the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 will possibly both spread this coming winter.

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A person getting influenza and Covid-19 at the same time may be more seriously ill. Thus, getting the flu vaccine at the onset of winter is very important.

The public may call the CHP's telephone number (2125 2125) or visit the CHP's Vaccination Schemes page for more details.

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