- Manitoba health officials now suggest that all persons over the age of 60 and those living in First Nations communities have a third COVID-19 vaccine injection before the holiday season.
Manitoba health officials now recommend that all Manitobans over the age of 60, as well as all adults living in First Nation communities, get a third COVID-19 vaccine injection before the holiday season, even if it hasn’t been six months since their second dosage.
Booster injections are now available to everyone over the age of 60 and anyone 18 and over living on First Nations who received their second shot on or before July 10, according to Dr. Joss Reimer, who chairs the province’s vaccine implementation task group.
This indicates that over 100,000 people will receive a booster shot sooner.
“We want to get these boosters in now so that Christmas festivities don’t lead to a larger increase (in cases),” Reimer said at a press briefing on Friday afternoon.
According to officials, everyone else should wait the previously suggested six months before receiving the third dose.
According to Reimer, increasing the booster by a month will help protect those two groups from more severe results if the virus is contracted.
The new suggestion comes only weeks after Manitoba reported the first five lab-confirmed cases of the Omicron strain.
Reimer stated on Friday that officials anticipate an increase in cases throughout the holiday season.
All Manitobans aged five and up are currently eligible for a first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccination. More details about eligibility can be found on the province’s website.
As of Friday morning, 83% of eligible Manitobans aged five and up had received at least one dose of vaccine, and 79% had received two doses.
Source: Global News
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