Booster shots for long-term care residents recommended by national vaccine committee

Committee says third shot will 'help to enhance protection and prevent outbreaks'

Canada’s vaccine advisory committee has recommended a COVID-19 booster shot for Canadians living in long-term care homes and other congregate settings.

In updated guidance released on Tuesday, the committee said offering a booster jab to long-term care residents will help to enhance protection and prevent outbreaks.

“Residents of such sites, including retirement homes and assisted-living facilities are at increased risk for COVID-19 infection because of their daily interactions with other residents and staff,” according to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

“They are also at increased risk for severe disease because of their age and underlying medical conditions.”

The amount of time passed since residents received their initial vaccinations is also a factor in the recommendation. 

The updated guidance comes more than two weeks after the committee recommended that moderately to severely immunocompromised Canadians should receive three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.