Manitoba health officials are now saying all Mantiobans over the age of 60 and adults living in First Nations communities should receive a third injection of the COVID-19 vaccine – though that isn’t quite six months since their second dose – before the holiday season.
Dr Joss Reimer, who heads the province’s vaccine implementation task force, said booster shots are now open to anyone over 60 and anyone 18 and over alive in First Nations who received their second injection no later than July 10.
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This means that more than 100,000 people can receive a booster injection sooner.
âWe want to get these boosters now so that the holiday gatherings don’t lead to a bigger increase (in cases),â Reimer said at a press conference Friday afternoon.
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Officials say everyone should wait the previously recommended six-month interval before receiving a third dose.
Reimer says increasing the booster by one month will help protect these two groups from more serious results if someone does contract the virus.
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The new recommendation comes the same week Manitoba reported its first five laboratory-confirmed cases of the Omicron variant.
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Reimer said on Friday officials expected an increase in cases during the holiday season.
Currently, all Manitobans aged five and over are eligible to receive a first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. More information on eligibility is available on the province website.
AT last word Friday morning 83 percent of eligible Manitobans aged five and over received at least one shot of the vaccine and 77.9 percent received two doses.
âWith files from The Canadian Press
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