Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

British Columbia has announced a plan to give COVID-19 booster shots to anyone who wants one six to eight months after their second dose.

On Tuesday, health officials said the program will start with those with diminishing protection from their first doses and those more likely to end up in the hospital.


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“I definitely recommend (a booster shot), especially for the populations we are focused on. We are seeing breakthroughs (cases) through older populations and younger people in populations where we are seeing a higher spread of COVID,” said the province’s health officer Dr Bonnie Henry during her weekly COVID-19 briefing.

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“It will be optional for most of us in the new year. It will give us more durable protection. Right now, I do not have enough information to say that it will be necessary for all of us. “

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Earlier this month, the province began offering booster shots in long-term care and nursing homes along with flu shots.

From the new year, booster shots will first be offered to clinically extremely vulnerable people who are not immunosuppressed, health care workers in acute care and community centers, and indigenous peoples, followed by the remaining eligible population based on six- to eight-month intervals between and third dose.

People over the age of 70 should expect to receive a third dose before the end of the year.

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Those who received AstraZeneca as their first or second dose will be offered an mRNA vaccine as a booster.


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Third doses will be available at local clinics and pharmacies, and British Colombians will be contacted when eligible for a third dose.

The booking system will be connected via the province’s Get Vaccinated system. Anyone who is not already registered is encouraged to do so.

British Columbia will define anyone who has received two or more shots as fully immunized.

The province plans to vaccinate children at the same time as the booster shots. It is still not known when Health Canada will approve a vaccine for those aged five to 11 years.


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The province is awaiting international studies on the effectiveness of booster shots.

Officials provided data showing that the second dose was more effective when the distance between the first dose was longer than six weeks.

“We moved early to widen the gap between the first and second dose, and that has benefited us,” Henry said.

“It’s different from what we see in other jurisdictions, like Israel and the United States, where they strictly adhered to the manufacturer’s range.”

Ontario and Alberta have already provided boosters in long-term care homes due to the shorter distance between the first and second dose there.

As of Monday, 90 percent of eligible British Colombians had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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