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COVID-19 Vaccines for Children in Hong Kong: Where to Go and How to Book

All you need to know about your child’s COVID-19 vaccination.
Last update:
21st September 2022
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COVID-19 vaccines for children in Hong Kong
COVID-19 vaccines for children in Hong Kong
All you need to know about your child’s COVID-19 vaccination.
Last update: 21st September 2022

There has been an explosion of information, comments and opinions on COVID-19 on the internet and social media. We believe that on serious topics in general, and on public health matters in particular, it is essential to rely on facts and seek credible, expert information. Our mission at Alea remains to bring you the best information, so you can make the best choices for you and your family.


Although some children may experience milder symptoms from COVID-19 than adults, some kids develop severe lung infections and require hospitalizations after infection. Vaccination protects children over 6 months from severe disease, hospitalizations and developing long-term conditions if they are infected.

Get all your questions answered by this comprehensive guide before booking a shot for your child.

Which vaccines are available for children in Hong Kong?

Parents can choose from Sinovac’s CoronaVac and BioNTech’s Comirnaty vaccines for their children’s vaccination in Hong Kong. Both vaccines are free-of-charge.

Children as young as 6 months can get the Sinovac vaccine in Hong Kong. For the BioNTech vaccine, the minimum age is 5 years old.

Read our guide here to compare the two vaccine options in Hong Kong: https://alea.care/resources/covid-19-vaccine-hong-kong-options-costs.

How many doses are required and what is the dosing schedule for children?

Please refer to the detailed dosing schedule, please see the Hong Kong Government’s FAQ on vaccinations for children and adolescents.

Note: This information was accurate as of September 21, 2022. It is best to consult the documentation published by the health authorities for the most up-to-date information. If in doubt, it's a good idea to seek advice from your healthcare provider.

If the first two doses were Sinovac

General public

  • 1st dose - Sinovac
  • 28 days later: 2nd dose - Sinovac
  • 90 days later: 3rd dose - Can be either Sinovac or BioNTech

Immunocompromised individuals

  • 1st dose - Sinovac
  • 28 days later: 2nd dose - Sinovac
  • 28 days later: 3rd dose - Can be either Sinovac or BioNTech
  • (12-17 age group only) 90 days later: 4th dose

If the first two doses were BioNTech

General public

  • 1st dose - BioNTech
  • 56 days later: 2nd dose - BioNTech
  • (12-17 age group only) 150 days later: 3rd dose - Can be either Sinovac or BioNTech

Immunocompromised individuals

  • 1st dose - BioNTech
  • 21 days later: 2nd dose - BioNTech
  • 28 days later: 3rd dose - Can be either Sinovac or BioNTech
  • (12-17 age group only) 90 days later: 4th dose

Thigh injection is recommended for children and adolescents receiving the BioNTech vaccine. Please wear loose-fitting clothing for convenience on the day of vaccination.

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Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for children?

Check out our exclusive interview with SARS veteran Dr. Sarah Borwein on the safety of coronavirus vaccines for children.


Clinical trials on the use of the Sinovac vaccine in children and adolescents between 3 to 17 years old showed that the vaccine is “immunogenic, safe and well-tolerated”. So far, more than 100 million doses have been administered to children in Mainland China with no major safety issues reported.

Meanwhile, the BioNTech vaccine has been approved for use in children and adolescents aged between 5 and 17 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States. No serious side effects have been identified in an ongoing study involving about 3,100 vaccinated children between 5 and 11 years old.

Side effects of the vaccine are shown to be generally mild to moderate in children/adolescents, similar to adults. Common side effects may include pain in the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, fever, nausea, decreased appetite, etc., and typically last for 1 to 3 days.

There have been reported cases of myocarditis and pericarditis (inflammation of heart muscle or heart lining) overseas after injection of the BioNTech mRNA vaccine, particularly in males aged 12 to 17 after their second dose. Most patients recover quickly with medicine and rest.

Further studies are underway to investigate the possibility of further lowering the minimum age of vaccination.

How to book a COVID-19 vaccination for kids in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Government’s Vaccination Programme offers free vaccination to eligible persons in both public and private healthcare settings.

Vaccination at a government-run venue

The government’s https://booking.covidvaccine.gov.hk/forms/index.jsp welcomes bookings 24/7. Unfortunately, booking is not possible online if your child does not have a Hong Kong identity document.

My child has a Hong Kong identity document

If your child has a Hong Kong Identity Card (HKID) or Hong Kong Birth Certificate, you can book their vaccination on the official Vaccination Programme website.

My child does not have a Hong Kong identity document

Unfortunately, the government-run online platform does not accept bookings from those without a HKID or Hong Kong Birth Certificate. If your child has neither document, don’t worry, here are your options:

Vaccination at a private clinic

You can also make an appointment at a private clinic to get a COVID-19 vaccine for your child.

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Where to get the Sinovac and BioNTech vaccines for children

COVID-19 vaccinations for children are available all over the territory.

Vaccinations for children are available at the following locations:

Note: Children aged 5 to 11 cannot receive the BioNTech anywhere except at Children Community Vaccination Centres (CCVCs).

What to bring on the day of vaccination?

Children 11 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their vaccination.

On the day of the vaccination, don’t forget to bring the following documents:

  • Consent forms, completed by a parent or legal guardian (you can download the form here or from the government website when you make the online booking, or check with the private clinic when you make your appointment)
  • Your child’s identity documents (HKID, passport, birth certificate)
    • If your child’s identity document doesn’t have their photo, then you must bring your child’s latest student handbook or school record bearing their name, date of birth and photo, or another such identity document with a photo so the clinic staff can confirm your child’s identity
  • Accompanying adult’s identity documents (HKID, passport – bring both to be safe)
  • SMS message or photocopy of the booking confirmation, if applicable

When you make the vaccination appointment, be sure to carefully read all the details about what you need to bring on vaccination day.


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FAQs

Where can children get COVID-19 vaccine in Hong Kong?

Sinovac and BioNTech are available at Community Vaccination Centres, Children Community Vaccination Centres, selected general outpatient clinics of the Hospital Authority, Student Health Services Centres, private clinic COVID-19 vaccination stations and private clinics. Your child's school might also arrange vaccination.

Note that Children aged 5 to 11 cannot receive the BioNTech anywhere except at Children Community Vaccination Centres (CCVCs).

Can children or adolescents receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they have recently received another vaccine?

In normal circumstances, COVID-19 vaccination should be scheduled at least 14 days apart from any other vaccinations, e.g. seasonal influenza vaccine, HPV vaccine, dTap-IPV Vaccine.

How is the COVID-19 vaccine and dosing schedule for children different from that for adults?

The vaccine ingredients and dosing schedule are the same for adults and children receiving Sinovac.

BioNTech is a little bit different. The dosage is the same for adults and adolescents aged 12 to 17 years. However, the BioNTech vaccine requires dilution before using it on children aged 5-11.

According to the Government's FAQ:

> If children received one-third of an adult dose of BioNTech vaccine as the 1st dose and then turned 12 years old by the time of the 2nd dose, they should continue to receive one-third of an adult dose of BioNTech vaccine for the 2nd dose. However, their parent/guardian can also choose to receive the full dose for the 2nd dose for their children.

> If children aged 12 years or below received one-third of an adult dose of BioNTech vaccine as the 2nd dose, they can choose to receive either one-third of an adult dose or a full dose as their 3rd dose as long as they have reached 12 years old but not yet reached 13 years old.

> If they have reached 13 years old already and choose BioNTech vaccine, a full dose of BioNTech vaccine for adult should be given.

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