Why doctors say COVID booster shots aren’t for everyone — yet – CBC

Long-term care residents and people with specific immunocompromising conditions eligible in Canada

Oct 16, 2021

Many Canadians are watching as countries like the U.S. and Israel authorize COVID-19 booster shots for more people and wondering why third doses aren’t being widely recommended in Canada.

Israel is moving most aggressively, recommending boosters to everyone 12 years of age and older. In the U.S., everyone 65 years old and above is eligible for a booster, along with people with certain underlying medical conditions.

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has so far only recommended third doses for people living in long-term care and people who have one of a handful of specific conditions that makes them moderately to severely immunocompromised.

Several people have been contacting CBC News to ask why those with chronic conditions that make them more vulnerable to severe illness if they get COVID-19 — or seniors who don’t live in long-term care — aren’t on NACI’s list.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/second-opinion-oct-16-covid-booster-shots-1.6213678

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