Health measures are being adjusted as the Covid-19 epidemic stabilises in Hong Kong, and rightly so. The road map by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to phase out restrictions on drinking, dining, visits and travel is a well-intentioned move to return the city to normality. But the decision to tie relaxations with inoculations and a controversial tracing app has also raised questions. The latest strategy should be better explained to enable the public to fully understand the benefits of having vaccinations. Lam has made it clear that a so-called vaccine bubble will form the basis for future relaxations. Under a phased approach, bars may reopen and restaurants operate longer hours with larger tables providing staff and customers are vaccinated and use the “Leave Home Safe” app. The idea is to allow further leeway for those who have had jabs, particularly when it comes to travel and getting together. They may also visit care homes after passing a rapid virus test. That vaccinations are now the way to go in the face of the year-long pandemic is a widely held belief throughout the world. While there is arguably nothing wrong in encouraging more people to come forward for their shots in return for fewer restrictions in daily life, perceptions may change after Lam said the public should realise there would be consequences if inoculations continued to be shunned. As a result, the government has been accused of going back on its word that use of the app and jabs would not be compulsory. To be fair, the government is not forcing anyone. Those who resist the latest arrangements may still choose to live with the existing restrictions. But for workers and owners of bars and other premises still suffering there is pressure to get vaccinated, and they face more challenges in verifying proof of vaccinations. The matter is further compounded by the fact that those aged under 30 are still ineligible for jabs and not everyone has a smartphone for the tracing app. Restoring Hong Kong public’s confidence in jabs vital, say medical experts Complicated as it is, the road map marks another step in the official attempt to restore pre-coronavirus life. Lam on Tuesday described the positive feedback she had received from businesses, but she must also be mindful of the negative sentiments and be prepared for further adjustments. Anti-vaxxers are unlikely to change their minds whatever happens, and the latest moves may appeal to only those who long to travel, socialise or visit family members in nursing homes. A lot more needs to be done to ease the worries of those concerned about any adverse side effects from vaccinations. Barring a possible resurgence here and abroad, the government can do more to help the city get back to normal. Convincing the public that the benefits outweigh the risks is the key.