Double dose: N.L. Health Services opening fall vaccinations for flu and COVID-19 – CBC

New COVID-19 shots target Omicron XBB.1.5 variant

Oct 09, 2023

Starting Tuesday, the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Authority is taking appointments for COVID and flu vaccines, with clinics starting next week.

Starting Oct. 16, the province will be distributing a COVID-19 vaccine targeted to the Omicron XBB.1.5 variant to more closely match recent circulating strains of the coronavirus.

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, the province’s chief medical officer of health, is encouraging people in high-risk groups to get the updated shot, including people 65 years and older, people with underlying medical conditions, and people who identify as Indigenous.

The clinics, run by the health authority, can be booked online, or by calling a toll-free number. Each area of the province has a separate booking system.

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