Mar 03, 2023

By Christine Ross

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Some Canadians are being advised to roll up their sleeves for another COVID-19 booster shot this spring.

Anyone 80 or older, people living in long term care and anyone with complex medical needs are being most encouraged to get the shot.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is also recommending booster shots for moderately to severely immunocompromised adults OR anyone between 65 and 79 who hasn’t had the virus.

NACI also recommends that anyone who hasn’t gotten a COVID-19 booster shot in the fall of 2022 get one as soon as possible.

In a release, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says it’s just as important as ever to keep up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Booster doses help to build back protection against severe disease that wanes over time after COVID-19 vaccination or infections. Given the current COVID-19 epidemiology, including the relatively stable disease activity we have observed in recent months, and generally high levels of antibodies against COVID-19 from vaccines and/or infection among Canadians, NACI is currently not recommending an additional bivalent booster for the general population this spring. However, individuals at highest risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19, including older adults and individuals considered immunocompromised, may be offered a spring bivalent booster dose,” wrote Tam.

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