Health Minister says booster shot details coming next week

Evidence suggests certain vaccines may offer waning immunity over time

The Ontario government will reveal next week the plans to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots into the arms of residents.

In a tweet on Friday, Health Minister Christine Elliott said the plan will “provide information to all Ontarians” about when they can expect to receive their third shot.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has released expanded eligibility guidelines for the third dose of COVID-19 vaccines across the country.

NACI suggests a third shot is an option for people over 70 who could become severely ill from the virus, as well as people from Metis, Inuit and First Nations communities.

It also suggests provinces could offer booster shots to Canadians who received two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine.

There is evidence those vaccines may offer waning immunity over time.

As well, NACI said front-line healthcare workers with a short interval between their first two doses may also be offered another vaccine.

NACI strongly recommends booster jabs for adults living in long-term care homes and other congregate living situations and adults over the age of 80.

The committee recommends booster shots be given six months after the first two doses are received.

In August, the Ontario government began offering third doses to select vulnerable communities.

As of Saturday, 22,498,977 vaccine doses have been administered province-wide. Nearly 88.1 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received one dose and 84.3 per cent have two doses.