Ontario COVID-19 Booster Dose Eligibility Expanded

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Several groups of high-risk Ontario residents are eligible to reserve COVID-19 booster shots beginning Saturday morning.

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An additional 2.75 million people became eligible for the boosters as of 8 a.m., after the 250,000 who are already eligible, including certain immunosuppressed individuals and residents of nursing homes and long-term care.

Starting Saturday, people can book an appointment for a booster dose if they are 70 or older, healthcare workers or essential caregivers in congregated settings, people who received two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of Janssen, and First Nations, Inuit and Metis. non-indigenous adults and members of their household.

They can schedule appointments that are at least six months after your second dose.

Ontario’s medical director of health says the evidence suggests this is when immunity begins to wane.

Dr. Kieran Moore says that these groups of people are at increased risk of weakened immunity and at increased risk of exposure and serious illness.

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Ontario officials say the two-dose protection remains very high for the general population after six months, especially against serious illness and death, so a booster dose would provide additional protection against milder illnesses.

The province plans to eventually offer booster doses for everyone and is considering starting a broader rollout in early 2022.


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