Fearing another wave of COVID-19, feds urge people to get a booster dose – CBC

The first two doses offer little protection against an Omicron infection, boosters needed now: Tam

Jun 30, 2022

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Canada’s top doctor said Thursday that it’s imperative everyone eligible for a booster dose gets their third shot now before the new, more infectious Omicron variants take hold in the coming weeks.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said while COVID-19 case counts are currently stable, officials are bracing for a resurgence in late summer and early fall as immune-evasive variants like BA.4 and BA.5 become widespread and the country enters the respiratory virus season.

Tam said the best defence against this expected wave is getting up to date with COVID-19 shots.

The primary series of shots — the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine — don’t offer enough protection and a third dose is needed for all adults and for certain high-risk adolescents, she said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/omicron-resurgence-booster-dose-1.6507089

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