• Earlier, official sources stated that from May 28, 2021, foreign nationals in age-specific groups could obtain the COVID-19 vaccine in Chengdu.

• Previously only selected people were able to obtain it, mostly via their employer. Others were called by their local community, however most ended up on a waiting list.

• Since July 2021, things seem to be moving forward.

Disclaimer

First things first, the vaccine is for people who voluntarily want to participate, give informed consent and assume personal responsibility for risk, could obtain the COVID-19 vaccine in Chengdu.

How can you make an appointment for vaccination?

First things first, the vaccine is for people who voluntarily want to participate, give informed consent and assume personal responsibility for risk, could obtain the COVID-19 vaccine in Chengdu.

Foreign nationals employed in Chengdu should make appointments through their employers with the foreign affairs office of districts where their employers are located; foreign teachers and students in colleges and universities should make appointments through such institutions with the foreign affairs office of districts where their colleges and universities are located; other foreign nationals in Chengdu should make appointments with the foreign affairs office of districts where they live.

Your employer or yourself (they have English speaking service) should call the number belonging of your district in the list below, then ask for instruction. The procedure might be different for each district, though the normal procedure is explained below the list.

Procedure

The standard procedure is that they will ask you to send them an e-mail, which they will reply with a form to fill-in. When all information checks-out, they will let you know when and where to go for your jab. The time between both jabs is most likely 21 days.

Below an example of the vaccination appointment form of Jinjiang district:

What type of vaccine will be used?

China’s domestic COVID-19 vaccines will be used.

Will it show in your Health Code?

Yes, the vaccination information will show in the Sichuan Tianfu Health App 四川天府健康. You can now find the information at the bottom:

How to make an appointment for vaccination?

Foreign nationals with regular employers in Chengdu should make appointments through their employers with the foreign affairs office of districts (county-level cities or counties) where their employers are located; foreign teachers and students in colleges and universities should make appointments through such institutions with the foreign affairs office of districts (county-level cities or counties) where their colleges and universities are located; other foreign nationals in Chengdu should make appointments with the foreign affairs office of districts (county-level cities or counties) where they live.

Should I pay for the Covid-19 vaccination?

Foreign nationals who have been covered by China’s basic medical insurance may take vaccine free of charge by presenting the due insurance document at the vaccination site. Those who have not should currently bear the cost of RMB 98 per dose. The vaccine price is RMB 90 per dose (determined and adjusted according to the vaccine types and the purchase price), and the vaccine administration fee is RMB 8 per dose.

What documents should be produced for the vaccination?

Foreign nationals should provide valid documents when making appointments and present their Permanent Residence ID Cards or their passports and valid residence permits in the People’s Republic of China at the vaccination site. Please make sure that relevant documents are valid until the date of taking the last dose. Those who have been covered by China’s basic medical insurance should also present the due insurance document at the vaccination site.

How do I get the due document for basic medical insurance? 

Those who have been covered by the basic medical insurance for urban workers in Chengdu may check and print the medical insurance information through WeChat official accounts “Chengdu Social Insurance” and “Chengdu Medical Insurance”, or “Tianfu Citizen Cloud” app;

Those who have been covered by the basic medical insurance for urban and rural residents in Chengdu may check and print the medical insurance information at tax service halls or through the WeChat official account “Chengdu Taxation”.

What papers should I sign?

Before taking vaccine, you should sign and submit both a form of informed consent and a statement of bearing personal responsibility for all risks associated with vaccination at the vaccination site.

How to I get the vaccination certificate?

When completing the vaccination, the site will provide you with the vaccination certificate both in Chinese and English.

What care should I take before and after taking the vaccine?

Before getting vaccinated, you should cooperate with the staff at the vaccination site to complete prescribed procedures, actively provide your health information, and answer questions from the medical staff, so that the professionals can determine whether you are eligible for the vaccination.

After taking vaccine, you should stay at the vaccine taking site for 30 minutes of observation and may then leave if you have no adverse reaction. Keep the injection point dry on the day of vaccination and maintain personal hygiene. Pay close attention to your physical condition within 14 days of vaccination, and please go to hospital immediately in case of serious adverse reaction.

Is wearing a mask after being vaccinated necessary?

Vaccination will produce immunity from COVID-19 and greatly reduce infection risks. However, no vaccine is 100% effective; some people may have insufficient antibodies after taking vaccine and they can still be vulnerable to infection, especially when an immunologic barrier is not yet created. So it is important that you should wear masks, wash hands regularly, and keep social distance.

Do I still have to take nucleic acid after test after being vaccinated? 

Vaccine taking can reduce infection risks, but no vaccine is 100% effective. When necessary, foreign nationals should still take nucleic acid test as required.

Sources: 成都市人民政府外事办公室 Foreign Affairs Office of Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, Chengdu Foreign Affairs.

Author: CdExpat_Team

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