New Brunswick racing ahead of federal guidance on second boosters – CBC

Expert says province is right to go faster than ‘hyper-conservative’ advice

Apr 13, 2022

New Brunswick Public Health is racing ahead of expert federal advice with its decision to expand eligibility for second COVID-19 boosters to people as young as 50.

The province announced the expansion of the second-booster program last Friday, despite the National Advisory Committee on Immunization taking a slower approach by recommending a second-booster campaign for people 80 and older.

And University of Ottawa epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan says the province is making the right call.

“Maybe they have done their analysis for their particular region and determined that a larger demographic is at greater risk that the national scope would suggest,” he said.

“Scientifically, you would err on the side of pandemic caution by going faster.”

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