AEFI Fund

Indemnity Fund for Adverse Events Following Immunization with Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) Vaccines

AEFI Fund

Indemnity Fund for Adverse Events Following Immunization with Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) Vaccines

The Hong Kong SAR Government (Government) has set up the Indemnity Fund for Adverse Events Following Immunization with Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) Vaccines (AEFI Fund) to cover the indemnities offered to vaccine manufacturers under bilateral purchase agreements, and to provide financial support to eligible individuals who have proof of suffering from unexpected serious adverse events (SAEs) associated with a COVID-19 vaccine. 

AXA Hong Kong is the Third-Party Administrator (Administrator) appointed by the government to process the applications of the AEFI Fund.

An affected individual, who has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine of any kind under the Government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme and has proof of suffering unexpected SAE certified by a Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP) (certification of SAE), is eligible to apply for the AEFI Fund.

The AEFI Fund serves to provide financial support to eligible affected individuals.  There is no specific requirement on the usage of the payout (e.g. to cover medical expense or living expense due to loss of income, etc.)  The amount of payout depends on the severity of the SAE but not on the amount of medical expense. 

The maximum payout level for death and injuries associated with listed SAEs are as below:

Payout for death associated with listed SAEs:

Age of deceased individual

(as at the date of last dose of vaccination)

Amount of payout

(per individual)

Under 40

Under 40

HKD2,500,000

40 or above

40 or above

HKD2,000,000

Payout for injuries associated with listed SAEs:

Age of injured individual

(as at the date of last dose of vaccination)

Maximum amount of payout

(per individual)

Under 40

Under 40

HKD3,000,000

40 or above

40 or above

HKD2,500,000

While reference is made to the AEFI and Adverse Events of Special Interest (AESI) lists endorsed by the Expert Committee on Clinical Event Assessment following COVID-19 Immunization Expert Committee (Expert Committee), not all events under the AEFI and AESI lists may be considered as serious injuries eligible for payout under the AEFI Fund.  Further classification on the severity of the events would be assessed to determine the eligibility and corresponding level of payout as appropriate.

Frequently asked question

Who is the administrator of the AEFI Fund, and what is its role?

Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply for AEFI Fund?

Who is eligible for lump-sum payment under the AEFI Fund?

What is meant by certification of SAEs?

Application

How to apply for the AEFI Fund?

What documents are needed for application?

Who can be the applicant for the AEFI Fund?

Is there any time limit for submission of application to the AEFI Fund?

Do I need to wait for the Causality Assessment concluded by Expert Committee before I submit the application?

How do I know my case have been reported to Expert Committee?

Would the AEFI Fund cover for the vaccination taken outside of Hong Kong? 

Is there any geographical limitation if the SAEs happened outside Hong Kong?

Download
Enquires

How can I make enquires about the AEFI Fund?

Causality Assessment

What is the role of Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment following COVID-19 Immunization appointed by the Director of Health?

Payout

Will the AEFI Fund cover the medical treatment brought by SAE attributed to the vaccine?

What is the maximum amount of payout of the AEFI Fund for death and injuries?

When will I expect to know the result of my application?

If I received payment from the AEFI Fund, can I still seek legal recourse for damages or loss against the vaccine manufacturer?

Review Request

What if I disagree with the decision of the Expert Committee and would like the Committee to review causality assessment of my case?

What if I am dissatisfied with the payout decision or amount?

Complaint

What if I am dissatisfied with the service provided by the Administrator?