The government has sought HK$1 billion from the Legislative Council (LegCo) for an indemnity fund as it gears up to roll out a city-wide vaccination programme in early March. Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan submitted the proposal to the Legislative Council on Wednesday.

The proposed fund seeks to provide payments of up to HK$3 million to people who experience serious health complications or pass away from coronavirus vaccinations.

A coronavirus vaccine. File photo: Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Public Affairs, via Flickr.

The government looks to grant the highest payout to individuals under the age of 40 who suffer serious side effects while those over the age of 40 will receive $2.5 million.

Family members of fatal cases will be granted HK$2.5 million if a patient is under the age of 40 and HK$2 million for those over 40 under the proposal.

The indemnity fund, announced by Chief Executive Carrie Lam in December, seeks to provide financial support to people affected by the vaccinations, as pharmaceutical companies are exempted from liability under the government’s procurement agreement.

The setting up of an indemnity fund was endorsed by the Executive Council last December to cover “rare cases” of serious complications arising from the vaccination programme. The government’s proposal is set to be heard by LegCo next Friday.



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