Statistics from the World Health Organization indicate that the Omicron BA.5 variant is now responsible for most COVID-19 cases worldwide, with global infections re-emerging and spreading to Canada.
With some provinces reporting that they have already entered the seventh wave, many Canadians are wondering when they will get their next booster shot.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) of Canada issued an interim directive in late June stating that “a declining booster dose in anticipation of a possible future wave of COVID-19 will be most significant for older adults and other populations at serious risk.” Regardless of the number of booster doses received earlier. “
While doctors are recommending more doses as safety decreases, there is debate among experts about whether to wait for newer versions of the vaccine that may be more effective against Omicron and its variants.
CTVNews.ca looks at who qualifies for the second booster shot or the fourth dose by province and region.
The province sends invitations for another booster to senior citizens 70 years of age or older, to indigenous peoples 55 years of age or older, and to those with underlying medical conditions or who are medically at high risk. Individuals in long-term care and supportive living have already been offered their next dose.
The province plans to offer fruit booster doses to everyone 12 years and older, citing recommendations from the NACI, and will send out individual booking invitations this fall.
“We understand that some people have unique needs and getting a booster dose in July or August may be best for them. That’s fine, but not recommended,” the province’s website reads.
Appointments can be made through local pharmacies and health authority clinics. The province’s call center at 1-833-838-2323 is available every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. who need help booking an appointment. Phone agents can’t answer questions asking for advice around the best times, the website says.
Residents of BC can register through this site to stay informed when it will be their turn to book an appointment.
All 70-year-olds and older, 65-year-olds and older, and senior citizens living in a congressional care setting are currently eligible for a second booster or fourth dose in Alberta.
Albertans can register and book an appointment or call the health link on 811 if at least five months have passed since their third dose.
Residents 50 years or older can receive a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine four months after their last dose. For those who are immunocompromised, a second booster is available three months after receiving the first booster dose. For eligible First Nations and Metis communities and Northern Service Administration districts, appointments can only be made via 1-833-SASKVAX (727-5829).
Residents can book through participating pharmacies, pop-up clinics in the target communities, and those who do not have access to the nearest pharmacy can book through the province’s online booking system.
Residents 50 years of age or older, Indigenous peoples 30 years of age or older, caregivers in accumulated settings, and Manitobans 18 years of age or older with moderate to severe immunocompromised health are currently eligible for the fourth dose.
Bookings can be made online or by calling 1-844-MAN-VACC (626-8222) Monday to Friday at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The fourth dose qualification will be open on July 14 to all adults 18 and older whose third shot was five months ago or older, or at least three months ago infected with COVID.
The province has opened up availability for adults, the chief medical officer of the health department said. Kiran Moore said a second booster is “absolutely not necessary” if individuals do not have any underlying medical problems or face personal circumstances that could benefit from additional protection.
Healthy adults can wait until the fall for the Vivalent COVID-19 vaccine to become available, he said. A bipolar vaccine is one that works against two different antigens, in this case, a vaccine that is also compatible against the omikron variant.
Appointment bookings are available from July 14 or by calling the Provincial Vaccination Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900. Ontarians can also book directly through local public health units that have their own booking systems, at participating pharmacies or through indigenous vaccination clinics.
Everyone 18 years and older can now receive a second booster dose of the mRNA vaccine in Quebec if at least three months have passed since their first booster, the province said. For persons 12 years of age and older who are on dialysis or whose immune system is compromised, a second booster may be administered at least three months after receiving the initial booster shot.
Residents can book an appointment online, visit a walk-in clinic or call 1877-644-4545.
The province has extended eligibility for the fourth dose from July 12 to allow anyone 18 and over to receive a second booster shot if at least five months have passed since the first booster. Indigenous people aged 12 and over can also receive a second booster if at least five months have passed since the first one was received.
Residents can book vaccination appointments online at the pharmacy or clinic, or call 1-833-437-1424 for assistance.
Residents between the ages of 50 and 69 can get a second booster 168 days or about five and a half months after the first booster shot. However, the province’s public health department recommends waiting until the fall.
People 70 years of age or older can take a fourth shot in 120 days or four months after receiving the third dose. Individuals 18 years of age or older who live in long-term care or with settings similar to seniors, indigenous peoples at least 55 years of age, and those with immune contracts between 50 and 69 may also receive a second booster if it has been at least 120 days. From the first booster.
Residents can book your appointment online, visit a community drop-in clinic, pharmacy or call 1-833-797-7772.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island is delivering fourth shots to all 12 and above and who received their first booster at least six months ago. The province recommends “especially” older adults and those who have compromised immune systems receive a second booster.
Residents can book online through the province’s online booking tool, participating local pharmacies or by calling 1-844-975-3303.
Newfoundland and Labrador
From July 20, people 50 years of age or older may receive a fourth dose. The province is currently giving a fourth dose to those aged 70 and over who received their first booster shot at least 20 weeks ago. Those with a compromised immune system live in a group setting, such as long-term and community care homes, and indigenous people 18 years of age or older are also eligible.
Appointments can be made online or by phone, depending on the health sector.
On the recommendation of Yukon’s chief medical officer, the region extended its eligibility for second boosters on July 13 to all 18 or above.
To be eligible, residents must have received their first booster at least six months in advance, or have tested positive for COVID-19 at least three months in advance.
For more information, visit our shot of Yukon. To book an appointment, visit the booking site or call 1-877-374-0425.
Everyone 50 years of age or older can get their second booster shot now, having taken their first booster shot six months ago. Those who are at least 12 years old with serious underlying health problems can also get a second booster.
Those living in Yellowknife can make an appointment on the online booking site. To book out Yellowknife you need to call the local health center.
Since April, residents aged 50 and over, and children aged five to 11 with moderate or severe immunodeficiency have been eligible for additional vaccine shots. To be eligible, people 50 years of age or older must receive their first booster, or third vaccine, at least 4.5 months or 10 weeks in advance, while immunocompromised children must wait at least four to eight weeks after receiving their second vaccine. Dosage.
Iqaluit residents 50 years or older can call 975-4810 to book an appointment for their second booster shot.