BC well being officers advocate a fall booster for COVID-19

BC well being officers Friday issued a advice that individuals 12 and older obtain a fall booster for COVID-19 within the fall.

This comes as BC is seeing an increase within the Omicron BA.5 variant, Appearing Provincial Well being Officer Dr. Martin Lavoie mentioned Friday.

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Appearing provincial well being officer Dr. Martin Lavoie explains BC’s booster rollout plan

Appearing provincial well being officer Dr. Martin Lavoie explains BC’s booster rollout plan

Particulars are nonetheless being launched however officers say everybody 65 and over might be receiving an invitation first after which everybody from age 12 to 64 in an age-based rollout.

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Residents 11 years outdated and underneath are usually not eligible for any booster shot.

Lavoie is urging anybody over the age of 70 who’s eligible for the second booster dose to get the injection quickly. They might have acquired an invitation to take action.

Dr. Penny Ballem, government lead of the BC immunization rollout mentioned Friday they’re hoping {that a} vaccine for kids from six months to 5 years outdated might be permitted by the tip of July after which these vaccine appointments might be rolled into the opposite baby immunization clinics.

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The benefit of getting the shot this fall is that new Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are anticipated to be extra tailored to battle Omicron variants, she mentioned.

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For many who have had their third shot, Ballem mentioned the chance might be highest within the fall when COVID-19 might be circulating with different respiratory sicknesses.

“Fall is the perfect time to get your subsequent shot.”

Nonetheless, Ballem mentioned individuals who really feel they want their second booster now can contact well being authorities and they’re going to get their shot.

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New Omicron subvariant of COVID-19 anticipated to change into dominant in BC quickly

New Omicron subvariant of COVID-19 anticipated to change into dominant in BC quickly

The Nationwide Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has already really helpful vaccine booster photographs this fall.

Whereas 2.8 million British Columbians have acquired a 3rd dose of the vaccine, Well being Minister Adrian Dix mentioned earlier within the week a further 1.3 million individuals are eligible for his or her third dose proper now within the province and haven’t but acquired it.

In June, federal well being officers urged Canadians to get booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine prematurely of the attainable resurgence of the virus within the fall.

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On June 30, Canada’s chief well being officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, mentioned case counts have been secure or declining in most components of the nation. Nonetheless, the highly-transmissible Omicron subvariant BA.5, is now driving one other wave of infections.

That is the seventh COVID wave for the reason that begin of the pandemic and the third pushed by Omicron, Canadian well being officers mentioned.

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In BC greater than 225,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine are set to run out on the finish of July.

One other 430,000 of Pfizer’s Comirnaty doses are set to run out earlier than Nov. 30, and near 40,000 of its pediatric vaccine doses will expire earlier than Sept. 30.

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BC within the midst of third wave of Omicron with the height coming in August, knowledgeable says

BC is within the midst of a 3rd wave of Omicron, which is anticipated to extend quickly within the coming weeks, one COVID-19 modeling knowledgeable mentioned final week.

Dr. Sarah Otto, an evolutionary biologist and professor on the College of British Columbia, mentioned on the Evolution Convention in Ohio final week that the BA.5 variant is circulating in additional communities as soon as once more and he or she is predicting the third wave will attain its peak someday subsequent month.

-With information from the Canadian Press

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