Fewer than 1 in 4 adult Ottawans have 4th dose – CBC

Bivalent vaccine could boost uptake, says medical officer of health

Sep 21, 2022

Ottawa’s medical officer of health says complicated messages about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility have contributed to the low uptake of booster doses in the city.

Dr. Vera Etches says many residents have lost track of the proper interval between doses over the past several months, leading to longer than necessary gaps between vaccines.

Now that September has arrived and COVID-19 indicators are rising slowly, Etches encourages residents to get the bivalent booster dose, which offers greater protection against the Omicron variant.

At the Ottawa Board of Health meeting Monday, Etches said the National Advisory Committee on Immunization is advising people wait at least six months from their last vaccine dose, or since they last tested positive for COVID, to get the most benefit from their booster.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-covid-19-booster-4th-interval-schedule-1.6589140

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