IG news Update,
The new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine is now being offered to eligible people as part of British Columbia’s Fall Booster Program.
As outlined earlier this month by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the new combination vaccine for adults – which contains a mixture of spike protein elements from both the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Omicron variant, BA.1 Is – will be offered. Young people aged 18 and over, and ages 12 to 17 who are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health notes that, as with previous doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, invitations will be sent based on people’s exposure and age, as long as it has been six months since their last dose.
Priority groups will continue to include people over the age of 60, Indigenous peoples of all ages, medically vulnerable people, and qualified health care workers who work with high-risk and vulnerable individuals.
Vancouver Coastal Health said Tuesday that people who have recently contracted COVID-19 are advised to take a booster dose three to six months after infection.
People between the ages of five and 17 who do not have underlying health conditions are being offered the mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna. Booster doses are not currently recommended for children between the ages of six months and five years.
At its peak, BC’s fall booster program is expected to reach 280,000 people per week, with pharmacies and public health clinics distributing most of the vaccines.
Henry advised that anyone who is already eligible for a COVID-19 booster, get it as soon as it is offered and not wait until the flu vaccine is available.
To receive an invitation to receive a booster or flu shot, you must register with Vaccination BC, available online at 1-833-838-2323 or through a provincial call center.