Can I book my COVID-19 bivalent booster that targets Omicron? Where each province, territory stands – CTV

Sept. 27, 2022

The anticipated COVID-19 bivalent booster shot that specifically targets the Omicron variant is now available across Canada.

But provinces and territories have different eligibility criteria and recommendations on how long people who’ve received previous vaccine doses should wait until they receive the bivalent vaccine.

The bivalent vaccine is able to specifically target Omicron, which is currently the predominant variant circulating globally, as the formula contains a mixture of spike protein elements from both the original COVID-19 virus and the Omicron variant.

Health Canada has approved the Moderna bivalent vaccine and that is what is being offered across provinces and territories. Pfizer has also created a bivalent vaccine that has not yet been authorized for use in Canada.

While the bivalent booster has been designed to target the BA.1 strain of Omicron, it should provide strong protection against the more prevalent strains, BA.4 and BA.5, Dr. Vinita Dubey, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, told CTV Toronto earlier this month.

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