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Centre for Health Protection encourages domestic helpers to receive the MMR vaccination

The Centre for Health Protection will provide eligible migrant domestic helpers with the free measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination. This program started in August 2019 and is extended to early next year.

To be eligible, domestic helpers must fulfil the following requirements:

  1. Born in or after 1967, and have not received two doses of measles vaccination before, and did not have laboratory-confirmed measles infection; or
  2. Have laboratory evidence of testing non-immune to measles (i.e. tested negative/indeterminate for measles immunoglobulin G).

To receive a free vaccination, domestic helpers can follow these steps:

You can also find out more information by calling:

  • Hong Kong Island: 9446 2963
  • Kowloon: 2388 4555
  • New Territories: 6018 2522

The CHP recommends domestic helpers receive MMR vaccination if they are non-immune to measles or unsure of their immunisation. While domestic helpers are encouraged to receive the MMR vaccination before their arrival in HK, it is not a requirement. If a domestic helper has already arrived in Hong Kong, they can also consult a doctor here. 

MMR vaccines for adults are available in private clinics in Hong Kong. Normally, adults are required to have a blood test and a consultation with a doctor before receiving the vaccination. The fee for the MMR vaccination in Hong Kong ranges between HK$300 to HK$1000, excluding a blood test and consultation fee. As mentioned above, the CHP is currently running a programme to provide the MMR vaccine to eligible domestic workers for free.

What is the best way for workers to check their protection against measles?

Workers can undergo a blood test to determine his/her antibody.

Can vaccinations be arranged for workers in the Philippines whose visas are currently being processed?

In our experience, it can be arranged as an addition to the required medical exams and tests for workers in the Philippines. There are additional costs involved and may extend the timeline for processing several days. Availability of the vaccine may vary from region to region. Note that the Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccine is more common in the Philippines than the MMR vaccine.

Always consult your doctor for more information on measles and the MMR vaccination. The Department of Health also has a general hotline to answer general inquiries from the public: Tel: 2125 1122.

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Last updated on November 19th, 2019
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