NACI recommends high-risk individuals get another COVID-19 booster shot this spring – CTV

March 4, 2023

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) says people at a high risk of serious illness should get another COVID-19 booster shot in the spring.

People aged 80 and older, people aged 65 to 79 (particularly those who’ve never had COVID), people living in long-term care homes or other congregate living situations, and people aged 18 and older who are immunocompromised are encouraged to book a vaccine appointment.

NACI also recommends that anyone who hasn’t gotten a COVID-19 booster shot in the fall of 2022 get one as soon as possible.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, says it’s just as important as ever to keep up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Booster doses help to build back protection against severe disease that wanes over time after COVID-19 vaccination or infections. Given the current COVID-19 epidemiology, including the relatively stable disease activity we have observed in recent months, and generally high levels of antibodies against COVID-19 from vaccines and/or infection among Canadians, NACI is currently not recommending an additional bivalent booster for the general population this spring. However, individuals at highest risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19, including older adults and individuals considered immunocompromised, may be offered a spring bivalent booster dose,” Tam said in a release.

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