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58% of FDHs have taken at least one vaccine jab, says Labour Secretary

01 August 2021

By The SUN 

Nip, Law and Suhendar take to Victoria Park to convince more migrant workers to take the jab

More than half of all foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, Labour Secretary Law Chi-kwong said today, Aug. 1.

That’s far higher than the 47% of all qualified residents who had taken their first jab, according to yesterday’s statistics published by the government.


Law made the disclosure as he and Civil Secretary Patrick Nip observed the vaccination of 266 Indonesian migrant workers in a Causeway Bay hotel this morning. The outreach service was arranged by Indonesian Consul General Ricky Suhendar.

“Up till now, more than 219,000 (foreign domestic helpers) have already taken the first dose of vaccination, accounting for nearly 58% of the FDH population in Hong Kong,” Law said.

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“I urge all FDHs in Hong Kong to receive vaccination as soon as possible to protect themselves, their employers’ families and others. The vaccination will also give them better protection when they need to proceed on home leave,” he said.

As of Sunday night,  the total number of people who have had their first vaccine dose across Hong Kong was 3,227,400. That’s 47.46% of the 6.8 million people qualified to take the jab in the city.

266 Indonesian migrants had their first jab during the outreach service

Nip, who heads Hong Kong's vaccination program, echoed the call for migrants to get inoculated, saying it is important that they help create a protective barrier for households with children and unvaccinated elderly persons.


“I encourage foreign domestic helpers who have not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible,” he said.

Nip said it was very important to have the support of Indonesian residents and other ethnic minorities in Hong Kong to enhance the city’s overall anti-epidemic capability.


He also appealed to those who came for the inoculation to tell their friends about the channels and benefits of receiving the vaccines, to maintain personal hygiene and to keep up social distancing to reduce the risk of virus transmission in Hong Kong.

The two officials escorted by ConGen Suhendar took the chance to visit Victoria Park, a favorite haunt of Indonesian migrants, to encourage them and other members of ethnic minority groups who were there to get vaccinated as soon as possible.


On its own, the Philippine Consulate General led by Consul General Raly Tejada launched its own vaccination drive early to encourage Filipinos in Hong Kong to get inoculated.

Officers and staff at the Consulate had their first dose of Sinovac on Mar 18, after which they called on members of the Filipino community to also protect themselves against Covid-19 by getting vaccinated.

Philippine Consulate officers & staff had a mass vaccination on Mar 18

An information campaign about coronavirus vaccines was also held by the Consulate in cooperation with the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in Hong Kong on Apr. 27.

Guest speaker, Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, director of UP-Philippine General Hospital in Manila, spoke of how vaccines help protect people from deadly viruses like the coronavirus.

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In Hong Kong, the Civil Service Bureau has been conducting outreach vaccination service to various sectors to help boost the inoculation rate.

The Hong Kong Sports Institute, global professional services firms, property developers, financial institutions, a TV broadcaster, the construction sector, public utilities, a theme park, universities, insurance firms and a district group have all benefited from the service.

The campaign to get Hong Kong’s vaccination rate to go up is expected escalate starting this week, as all community vaccination centers in the city are scheduled to close by the end of the month.

After that time, vaccination will only be done at public hospitals and designated private clinics.  


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