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FDHs reminded to get Covid-19 tests from tomorrow, and keep SMS of results

14 May 2021

By The SUN 

The Labour Department has called on all foreign domestic helpers to comply with mandatory testing starting tomorrow, May 15, until May 30.

All those who are fully vaccinated, meaning, those who have taken two doses of either the Sinovac or BioNTech vaccine, then waited for 14 days, are exempt from the compulsory testing order.


Given that the last day of testing is May 30, those who get their second jab on May 16 or earlier, can skip the test.

All FDHs who have complied with the testing order must keep the SMS notification containing their test result for checking by law enforcement officers to avoid penalty.

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Those who are exempted can either (1) download their electronic vaccination records or (2) save the printouts on their mobile phones, or (3) bring along the printouts or copies of their vaccination records, to be shown to law enforcers when requested.

Anyone who does not comply with a compulsory testing notice may be fined a fixed penalty of $5,000. The person will also be told to undergo testing within a specified time frame. If this is not met, the offender could be fined a maximum of $25,000 and imprisoned for up to six months. 

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The second round of compulsory testing for FDHs kicks off just six days after the initial phase ended.

Amid claims and protests from FDHs at being singled out for mandatory testing, Labour said the decision to do another round was due to the spread of the N501Y mutant strain among 10 people in the community, including three FDHs.

CTCs' capacity will be boosted during the 16-day testing period for FDHs

To prevent the overcrowding and long queues that happened in the first few days of the first round of mandatory tests, Labour said the government will work with operators to increase the testing capacity of community testing centers.


Employers have also been urged to allow their helpers to undergo testing on weekdays, and arrange bookings for them in advance to prevent overcrowding at testing sites during Saturdays and Sundays.

Bottomline, the statement said “it is imperative for the public to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” adding that Hong Kong has enough vaccines for all qualified people, while there is still a shortage in the global supply.

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“At present, there are still plenty of unutilised quotas every day in the 29 community vaccination centres and over 1,000 private clinics,” said the statement.

“The Government appeals to all FDHs to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect their own health and the health of their employers' families and others.” 

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