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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:
20th April 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: 20th April 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 5 years old 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.


When are COVID-19 vaccines available to children?

For children aged 3-4: The Sinovac vaccine is available from February 15, 2022; and the BioNTech vaccine is not yet available.

For children aged 5-11: The Sinovac vaccine is available from January 21, 2022; and the BioNTech vaccine will be available on February 16, 2022 (BioNTech reservation started from February 9).

For adolescents aged 12-17: The Sinovac vaccine has been available from December 2, 2021; and the BioNTech has been available from June 14, 2021.

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. See the corresponding commencement dates for each vaccine above.

Read our guide here to compare the 2 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?

Sinovac: The first and second doses should be given at 28 days interval, same as adults. Adolescents aged 12-17 who are vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine may receive their third dose of Sinovac or BioNTech vaccine 3 months after their second shot.

BioNTech: The first and second doses should be given at 8 weeks interval (shortened from 12 weeks in March) for better immune response and lower risk of myocarditis and/or pericarditis in children, as advised by the Joint Scientific Committee and Expert Advisory Panel. Adolescents aged 12-17 who are vaccinated with the BioNTech vaccine may receive their third booster vaccine 5 months after their second jab.

*immunocompromised persons above 12 years old can get the fourth dose at a 3-month interval from the third 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.

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

We have summarized your choices of vaccination locations for children as below:

For children aged 5-11:

SinovacBioNTech (from February 16)
1) At any Community Vaccination Centres providing Sinovac

2) At any designated general outpatient clinics of the Hospital Authority

3) At the Chai Wan, Lam Tin, Tuen Mun and Western Student Health Service Centres of the Department of Health

4) Through private doctors or clinics participating in the Vaccination Programme

5) Via school arrangements (please enquire with your child’s school for details)
At any of the 3 Children Community Vaccination Centers in Hong Kong Children’s Hospital (from February 16), Yuen Chau Kok Sports Centre (from February 16), and Gleneagles Hospital (from February 24)

*BioNTech is only provided in 3 venues as a special procedure is needed to dilute the dosage for children use.

For adolescents aged 12-17:

SinovacBioNTech
1) At any Community Vaccination Centres providing Sinovac or Ma On Shan Family Medicine Centre and Tin Shui Wai (Tin Yip Road) Community Health Centre of the Hospital Authority

2) At the Chai Wan, Lam Tin, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Western Student Health Service Centres of the Department of Health

3) Through private doctors or clinics participating in the Vaccination Programme

4) Via school arrangements (please enquire with the school for details)
1) At any Community Vaccination Centres providing BioNTech

2) At Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Stations (mainly for patients and visitors at hospitals)

3) Through private doctors or clinics participating in the Vaccination Programme

4) Via school arrangements (please enquire with the school for details)

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How to register?

Parents may book a vaccine for children at their preferred location and accompany them to receive vaccination in person.

Vaccination locationRegistration
- Community Vaccination Centres
- Designated general outpatient clinics of the Hospital Authority
Book through the online booking system.
- Student Health Service CentresBook through the online booking system.
- Private doctors or clinicsMake an appointment directly with the hospital or clinic via their website or hotline.
- Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Stations (BioNTech vaccination for adolescents aged 12-17)No reservation is needed.
- School arrangementsPlease contact your child’s school for more details.

What to bring on the day of vaccination?

All children and teenagers below 18 years old must bring a completed parent’s consent form to the Vaccination Centre and children aged below 12 must be accompanied by an adult (parent, relative, domestic helper, or school teacher if the vaccination is provided via the school arrangements).

If the identity document of the child does not bear a photo, please bring along the child’s latest student handbook or other identity documents with photos for identity verification.


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FAQs

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

Vaccination arrangements vary according to the type of vaccine: Sinovac is now available at Community Vaccination Centres, Ma On Shan Family Medicine Centre and Tin Shui Wai (Tin Yip Road) Community Health Centre; Student Health Service Centres; private doctors or clinics; and via school-arranged vaccination.

BioNTech will be available for children aged 5-11 at the 3 Children Community Vaccination Centres; and for adolescents aged 12-17 at Community Vaccination Centres; Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Stations; private doctors or clinics; and via school-arranged vaccination.

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.

However, the BioNTech vaccine requires dilution before using it on children aged 5-11, and the government’s experts recommend a 12-week interval between the first and second doses for children and adolescents below 18 years of age.

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