Pfizer’s Omicron-specific COVID-19 booster now available in New Brunswick – CBC

People aged 12 and older are eligible, Department of Health announces

Oct 21, 2022

Pfizer’s new Omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine booster is now available to New Brunswickers aged 12 and older, provided five months have passed since their last dose or infection.

The Department of Health made the announcement via a news release Friday morning after CBC requested an update Thursday because pharmacies had already started to receive doses.

The updated version of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine, approved by Health Canada Oct. 7, targets the original virus as well as the strains now most common in New Brunswick and across the country — the highly transmissible Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5.

Moderna’s Omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine has been available as a booster to New Brunswickers 18 and older since Oct. 11, provided five months have passed since their last dose or infection. Children aged 12 to 17 who are at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 are also eligible.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/pfizer-bivalent-booster-new-brunswick-omicron-covid-19-vaccine-1.6623783

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