Sask. youth eligible for bivalent COVID vaccine – CBC

Best protection against infection as new strains of the virus emerge: epidemiologist

Oct 19, 2022

Saskatchewan opened the door for youth to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccine this week, and an epidemiologist says it’s the best protection against infection as new strains of the virus emerge.

The province announced on Friday that beginning Monday Saskatchewan residents aged 12 and older could receive the COVID-19 bivalent vaccine four months after their most recent COVID-19 vaccination. The bivalent booster became available to all adults in Saskatchewan in late September.

The Moderna and Pfizer bivalent doses are expected to provide better protection against the Omicron variant, which account for the majority of cases in Saskatchewan, according to data collected from researchers studying the COVID-19 viral load in wastewater in Saskatchewan cities.

Nazeem Muhajarine, professor in community health and epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, says at the moment Alberta and Saskatchewan are neck and neck when it comes to the lowest vaccine uptake rates among Canadian provinces.

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