So crucial are vaccinations in the fight against Covid-19 that every effort must be made to get those from all walks of life behind them. Since Thursday, people aged 70 and above may receive their jabs in Hong Kong without booking online, and this is a welcome step that enables less tech-savvy citizens to come forward. No less important is the need for more targeted measures to help the elderly, who lag other age groups, overcome their fears of possible adverse side effects from injections. The new 4,600 walk-in daily quota, along with booking slots of up to four weeks instead of three, underlines the need for adjustment as the mass inoculation drive enters its latest phase. Even though daily registration figures continue to surge following plans to wind up the programme by late September, the elderly are still shunning jabs. The programme began in late February, with the aged, health care workers and others listed as priority groups. Five months have passed, but senior citizens continue to trail the city’s overall 40 per cent rate for the first vaccine dose. As of Monday, 24.4 per cent of people aged 70 to 79 had received at least one injection, while for those aged 80 and above the figure stood at just 6.81 per cent. If the issue is merely one of access and convenience, the bookings waiver should help increase the jabs rate among the elderly, but again many of them may continue to stay well clear, fearing the worst. Hong Kong ‘weighing tighter travel controls on US’; city logs 2 Covid-19 cases When vaccinations first began, some people just gave up or pulled out at the last minute following reports of others falling ill or even dying. They did this despite repeated assurances from medical experts that the incidents were not related to injections. Recently, the government also revised its advisory, saying those who do not have problems with flu jabs should be fit enough for the Covid-19 vaccination. However, scepticism still prevails. With the epidemic dragging on for 18 months, some may think they can get by without vaccination, which is, after all, not 100 per cent effective. But the truth is that older people with Covid-19 are more likely to suffer serious complications and even die. Data shows inoculated adults aged 65 and above are 94 per cent less likely to require hospital treatment. Publicity should be further fine tuned to ensure everyone is aware jabs are to be welcomed, not shunned.