Ontario residents will be able to get bivalent COVID-19 boosters this month
The new bivalent COVID-19 boosters will be rolled out to all Ontario residents aged 18 and up, starting with the most vulnerable populations, with the OMH citing guidance from Health Canada and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
Starting September 26, Ontario will begin to offer the bivalent #COVID19 vaccine to all Ontarians aged 18+ at an interval of six months.— Ontario Ministry of Health (@ONThealth) September 12, 2022
As of this date, all COVID-19 vaccine booster dose appointments for individuals 18+ will be for the bivalent vaccine. https://t.co/QZEdgHO2kM pic.twitter.com/sGOM7Vwd7Q
"The bivalent COVID-19 booster is a safe and effective way for people to better protect themselves against the most recently circulating COVID-19 variants in Ontario," said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
"As vaccine protection decreases over time, I encourage all Ontarians aged five and over to receive the booster dose they are eligible for."
Though the first bivalent COVID-19 vaccines won't be available for another couple of weeks, booster appointments can now be booked by members of the most vulnerable populations, including:
Those not considered vulnerable will have to wait until Sept. 26 to get their shot, though as of Monday, individuals 18 years of age and older who do not belong to a priority population can book appointments for a shot in advance.
There is one way to skip the line, though. Appointments booked for Sept 12-25 before Monday's announcement will still be honoured, and individuals with dates booked will be offered the bivalent vaccine if available.
Like the vaccines already in circulation, bivalent COVID-19 vaccines are recommended at intervals of at least six months.
"With the start of the respiratory illness season, it is especially important to make sure people stay up to date with their vaccines," said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.
"COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are the best tool to keep people healthy and out of hospitals, and to ensure Ontario’s economy stays open as kids go back to school and as the weather cools and people spend more time indoors."
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