18-59 age group in HK advised to get fourth vaccine dose

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has announced that uninfected individuals aged 18 to 59 who are at higher risk of Covid-19 exposure or with personal needs may now choose to receive a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccin.From now until next Wednesday, people who are eligible for a fourth dose may go to community vaccination centres or hospital Covid-19 vaccination stations to get a same-day ticket for vaccination.

As experts have advised, individuals aged 18 to 59 may choose to receive a fourth dose at least six months from their third dose administration.

For recovered adults in the same age group, they can receive their third dose six months after they have received their second dose or their recovery (whichever comes later).

Experts considered that a fourth vaccine dose in younger age groups may provide transient additional protection against infection and symptomatic diseases, said a HKSAR government spokesperson.

On Saturday, Hong Kong registered 103 new Covid-19 cases by nucleic acid tests and 125 more cases through self-reported rapid antigen tests, data showed. — China Daily/ANN

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