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Vaccine Pass and COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children in Hong Kong

Kids as young as 5 need a Vaccine Pass to dine in and enter certain premises.
Last update:
21st September 2022
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girl in face mask shows off band-aid after vaccination
girl in face mask shows off band-aid after vaccination
Kids as young as 5 need a Vaccine Pass to dine in and enter certain premises.
Last update: 21st September 2022

On September 8, 2022, the Hong Kong Government announced that starting September 30, the applicable age for the Vaccine Pass will be lowered to 5, meaning children aged 5 to 11 are required to have received at least their 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain premises like restaurants and play areas.

The Government also announced that the grace period for persons aged 12 or above to receive the third dose after the second dose has been shortened to five months (previously it was six months), otherwise their Vaccine Pass will no longer be valid.

This means that from September 30 until November 29, children aged 5 to 11 must receive at least the first dose. If they already received their first dose three months ago or earlier, they must receive the second dose to maintain Vaccine Pass eligibility.

Likewise, in the same period, persons aged 12 or above have five months within which they must receive at least the second dose. If they already received their second dose five months ago or earlier, they must receive the third dose to maintain their Vaccine Pass.

Vaccine Pass vaccination dosage schedule

The Health Bureau has published a detailed Dosage Schedule for Vaccine Pass, which must be followed to ensure your child can enter places requiring the Vaccine Pass. The schedule can be broken down into several stages, with key upcoming phases being the period from September 30 through to November 29, 2022, and the next period from November 30 onwards. Note the dosage requirements for different demographic groups.

Persons aged 12 and up (Category A)

This demographic includes adults, too. Note here the change from 6 months to 5 months in the time between the 2nd and 3rd doses.

For persons aged 12 and up who have not had COVID-19:

  • Sep 30 to Nov 29: Required to have received at least their 2nd dose within the last 5 months. If they’ve already had their 2nd dose, they are required to have their 3rd dose.
  • Nov 30 onwards: Required to have received their 3rd dose.

What if my child is turning 12?
For a person who will turn 12, he/she will be given a 7-month window, counting from his/her 12th birthday, during which his/her eligibility will follow the category applicable to persons aged 5 to 11, and thereafter his/her eligibility will follow the category applicable to persons aged 12 or above.
(via the note in the fine print of the Dosage Schedule)

Children aged 5 to 11 (Category B)

For children aged 5 to 11 who have not had COVID-19:

  • Sep 30 to Nov 29: Required to have received at least their 1st dose within the last 3 months. If they’ve already had their 1st dose, they are required to have their 2nd dose.
  • Nov 30 onwards: Required to have received their 2nd dose.

What if my child is turning 5?
For a person who will turn 5, he/she will be given a 3-month window, counting from his/her 5th birthday, during which he/she will be exempted from Vaccine Pass requirements, and thereafter his/her eligibility will follow categories (B), (C1), (C2) or (C3) (as applicable).
(via the note in the fine print of the Dosage Schedule)

Children who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection (Category C)

For persons aged 5 or above who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection, there are different dosage requirements depending on their circumstances. “Recovery” is defined as “14 days after the date of the most recent documented positive test.”

If within 6 months of recovery (Category C1):

  • No additional dose is required.

If they have recovered and received the 2nd or 3rd dose before COVID-19 infection (Category C2):

  • No additional dose is required.

If after 6 months from recovery and they were not vaccinated before COVID-19 infection (Category C3i):

  • Required to have received at least their 1st dose. If they’ve already had their 1st dose, they are required to have their 2nd dose.
    • Note: For children aged 5 to 17 who took Comirnaty (BioNTech) as their 1st dose, the 2nd dose is not required.

If after 6 months from recovery and they received the 1st dose before COVID-19 infection (Category C3ii):

  • Required to have the 2nd dose.
    • Note: For children aged 5 to 17 who took Comirnaty (BioNTech) as their 1st dose, the 2nd dose is not required.

This information above was accurate as of September 20, 2022. It is best to check the Vaccine Pass website for the most up-to-date, accurate information.

Displaying your child’s Vaccine Pass QR code

Typically, a mobile device is required for displaying a Vaccine Pass QR code. But since many children don’t have mobile devices, there are other methods for parents or caregivers to display their child’s Vaccine Pass QR code:

  • Display a paper printout of your child’s QR code
  • Present a screenshot of your child’s QR code that’s been saved to your mobile phone
  • Show your child’s QR code in your eHealth app (you’ll need to add your child as “My Family Member”)
  • Pull up your child’s QR code in your LeaveHomeSafe app (you’ll need the latest version of the app)

Of course, if your child has a smartphone, they can just use it to present their Vaccine Pass QR code.

Places requiring the Vaccine Pass

Vaccination and Vaccine Pass requirements vary depending on the premise.

Premises with active checking = QR code scan required

For the following premises, entry is granted only upon scanning your Vaccine Pass QR code: Restaurants, libraries, cinemas, theaters, bazaars, exhibitions, museums, performing arts venues, indoor play areas, swimming pools, sports premises, cruise ships, event premises, hair salons and barber shops, religious premises and amusement parks.

Note that for some outdoor places of public entertainment, sports premises and event premises, scanning the Vaccine Pass QR code is not required. Instead, entry is granted through passive checking upon request (visual inspection of a vaccination record or medical exemption certification).

Premises with passive checking = no QR code scan required

The following premises grant entry via visual inspection of your vaccination record or medical exemption certificate upon request by law enforcement: Shopping malls, department stores, markets and supermarkets. No scanning of a QR code should be required for entry here.

Premises with no Vaccine Pass requirements

Except for the bars, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc., contained within their facilities, hotels and guesthouses have no Vaccine Pass requirements.

Where to get the COVID-19 vaccine 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.

To find out where to go to get your child vaccinated and how to book appointments, please refer to our guide: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children in Hong Kong: Where to Go and How to Book

FAQ

Does my child need a mobile phone to show their Vaccine Pass?

No, your child does not need a mobile phone to show their Vaccine Pass. They can display a paper printout of their QR code. Alternatively, a parent or caregiver with a mobile phone can pull up their child’s QR code in the eHealth app, the LeaveHomeSafe app, or as a screenshot saved to their mobile device.

Does my child need to be vaccinated to go to school?

According to new requirements from the Education Bureau, secondary schools will only be permitted to hold full-day in-person classes if, by November 1, 90% of their students are vaccinated with three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The same goes for primary and secondary school students wishing to participate in extracurriculars like music or sports.

It’s best to contact your child’s school directly to confirm their vaccination requirements.

What if my child has had COVID-19 before? Can they still get the vaccine?

If your child has had COVID-19 before, they are not required by the Vaccine Pass to receive a vaccine dose if they are within six months of recovery. However, after six months from their date of recovery, the Vaccine Pass requires vaccination according to the Dosage Schedule (see section above).

How much is the COVID-19 vaccine in Hong Kong?

Under Hong Kong’s territory-wide COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge for eligible persons.

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