Health Canada approves booster shots for anyone 18 and up

Province yet to accept booster shot appointment requests for anyone but select group

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.

INDIVIDUALS CAN START TO BOOK THEIR COVID BOOSTER SHOT APPOINTMENT AT A COMMUNITY CLINIC IN SIMCOE MUSKOKA

“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.

MORE THAN 500 ELIGIBLE LOCAL RESIDENTS TURNED OUT FOR A BOOSTER SHOT

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.

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