The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that Canadians who have been six months since their last exposure to Covid-19 should receive another booster dose of the vaccine.
The NACI said in a statement that booster doses of this vaccine are being updated to accommodate the evasive Sars-Cov-2 variant. People who take this updated dose are expected to have better protection against this variant than the current dose.
Both Pfizer-BioEntoc and Moderna are working on new formulations of their mRNA Covid-19 vaccines approved by Heath Canada.
Health Canada said the regulatory agency’s review of the matter is not yet complete. More information is needed about the vaccine. Among these is the age group in which it will be approved. Information on this is expected to be available in the coming months.
NACI has been emphasizing that children five years of age and older who have not yet received the Covid-19 vaccine should initially receive two doses of the mRNA vaccine.
They also published one more recommendation. A primary series of two doses of mRNA vaccine is recommended for those aged six months to five years who have not yet received the Covid-19 vaccine. Those who have received two doses of the vaccine can receive the existing bivalent omicron-containing mRNA vaccine, the NACI said.
The NACI said it’s especially important to get the vaccine this fall for people who are at risk of contracting Covid-19 or other serious illnesses.