4th Covid Booster Shot Soon Available for At Risk British Columbians
Health officials announced the plan during a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday, hours after the National Advisory Committee on Immunization said provinces should prepare to offer more boosters in the coming weeks.
NACI said Tuesday people over the age of 80 and people in long-term care should be prioritized. The committee also strongly recommended a second booster for those aged 70 to 79 years of age.
In B.C., a second booster will be offered this spring to residents of long-term care, seniors in the community aged 70 and older and Indigenous people aged 55 and older. Officials explained some of those people were first offered a booster dose last fall, meaning it's been about six months since they got their last vaccine dose.
On Monday, Health Minister Dix said the government would like more people to get their third COVID-19 shot as the current numbers show almost 58 per cent of eligible people 12 and older have received their booster.
Some British Columbians may have already received a fourth vaccine dose if they were deemed clinically extremely vulnerable earlier in the pandemic. Officials previously explained that, for some, it take three doses to make up an effective "primary dose series," meaning a fourth shot would be considered their first booster.
Health officials said invitations will continue to be sent out to those individuals to get that fourth dose, six months after they received their third.
NACI said Tuesday it's still studying whether a second booster shot is necessary for younger adults and adolescents. B.C. health officials did not say whether second boosters will be offered to those younger age groups locally.