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Porcupine Health Unit Offers COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters to Eligible Residents Starting Today

Issued: Friday, November 5, 2021

The Ministry of Health is recommending a booster of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for several additional groups. If at least six months have passed after receiving a second dose, the following groups are eligible to receive a booster:

  • Individuals 70 years of age or older (born in 1951 or earlier);
  • Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers);
  • Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
  • First Nation, Inuit, Métis adults, and their non-Indigenous household members.

 

Eligible residents can be confident that their two-doses of a COVID-19 vaccine still provides strong protection against COVID-19 infection and severe outcomes, including against the Delta variant. There is no urgency or requirement to obtain a booster dose. The recommendation has resulted from early evidence that protection against asymptomatic or mild symptomatic disease may decrease over time. However, there is currently no evidence of reduced protection against severe infection, hospitalization, and death. Furthermore, this guidance follows the recommendations provided by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI): https://bit.ly/3GPzgfj.

Individuals who have not received their first or second dose of a COVID vaccine remain at greatest risk of infection. Provincially, and locally, first and second doses will remain the priority at vaccine clinics and offering boosters to all eligible residents will take time and patience. Rest assured, regardless of booster recommendations, individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Eligible individuals must book an appointment for their third dose. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Appointment can be booked online at phu.fyi/covid-vaccine or by calling the health unit at 1-800-461-1818.

More vaccine clinics are being planned in the PHU region over the next few weeks. Stay tuned to the health unit’s website: phu.fyi/covid-vaccine, Facebook page and Twitter feed for information.