Nova Scotians 65 and up can now book bivalent COVID-19 vaccine appointments | CBC News

Beginning Thursday, Nova Scotians aged 65 and up can book an appointment to get a dose of the up to date bivalent Moderna vaccine. 

This vaccine targets each the unique virus and the Omicron variant BA.1 that emerged late final 12 months and drove the largest wave of infection and hospitalization within the pandemic. Well being Canada authorised Moderna’s up to date vaccine earlier this month.

The province’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Strang mentioned in a Zoom name on Thursday this “fall dose” might assist arrange a schedule for getting COVID vaccines

“This newest fall vaccine might be step one into having an annual COVID immunization, like we do for influenza, no less than for those who are at increased threat, however we did not know that for positive but,” Strang mentioned.

He added that the brand new bivalent vaccine might assist scale back the transmission of COVID-19 within the province.

“We have to perceive that we’re nonetheless within the pandemic. Although we’re popping out of the seventh wave, there’s nonetheless a good quantity of COVID virus exercise round,” he mentioned, and vaccination stays a key half in mitigating the results of the illness.

Doses will start to be administered on Monday, Sept. 19. 

Most individuals who’ve had a COVID an infection or are already vaccinated ought to wait 168 days after the final shot of their major sequence, or once they turned contaminated, to obtain their subsequent dose, in line with Public Well being. Those that are 70 and older or reasonably to severely immunocompromised are eligible for a shorter interval of 120 days from their final dose or COVID-19 an infection to get a booster shot.

People who find themselves 18 or older residing in long-term care services or different congregate residing settings, comparable to shelters or correctional services, will likely be supplied a dose, the province mentioned in a information launch Thursday. 

The province mentioned it’s going to step by step open up appointments within the coming weeks to Nova Scotians in numerous age classes.

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