Health Canada has given the thumbs up to COVID-19 booster shots for anyone aged 18 and up.
A third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was given the okay by federal health officials on Tuesday. The dose, known as Comirnaty, is authorized to be administered at least six months after a second dose. Previously, only select groups within Canada’s population were being offered a booster shot, including those aged 70 and above as well as frontline health care workers.
“After a thorough, independent review of the evidence, Health Canada has determined that the Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine booster shot meets the Department’s stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements,” reads a media release from Health Canada.
Currently, the provincial government is only booking third dose appointments for the previously outlined groups. In Simcoe-Muskoka, that means attending the Barrie Vaccination Clinic on Sperling Drive. Other clinics throughout Simcoe-Muskoka are expected to come back online by November 15.