HK Gov’t Urges Seniors to Get 4th Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
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HK Gov’t Urges Aged 60 and Above to Get 4th Dose Amid High Death Toll Among Seniors

The Hong Kong government is encouraging people aged 60 and above to get the fourth dose of their COVID-19 vaccine as most fatalities related to the disease come from the said age group, according to an April 7 press release.

The Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases and the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases, along with the government’s expert advisory panel, urged seniors to receive either Comirnaty vaccine or CoronaVac vaccine at least three months after their last dose. This includes recovered persons from COVID-19.

Data shows that three doses of COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in reducing hospitalisations and death across all age groups in the adult population, according to the release.

Meanwhile, upon a re-examination of the 21-day interval between the first and second doses of Comirnaty vaccine for immunocompromised children and adolescents, experts said it is safe for recovered persons to have their next dose at a shorter interval of no less than 28 days following recovery. This only applies to personal reasons such as fulfilling a requirement for overseas travel.

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