Most Hongkongers under 60, according to a government analyst, do not require a fourth dose of the Covid-19 immunization because it only provides temporary protection, as infections fall below 200 for the first time in more than three months.

Professor Lau Yu-lung – chairman of the government’s Scientific Committee for immunization Preventable Diseases, said on Monday that encouraging the elderly to receive a third vaccine shot remained a key concern, adding that the risk of serious sickness or death among people aged 18 to 59 was near to nil.

Infection levels have been progressively declining, with over 95% of the population receiving at least two doses, with the number of cases lowering to 190 on Monday, the lowest since February 4, when 131 cases were registered. There have been no new coronavirus-related deaths.

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