COVID-19 boosters encouraged for high-risk Ontarians

Despite a general return to normal, the Ontario government cautions that the risk of COVID-19 may persist.

Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, is recommending that at-risk residents get a COVID-19 booster shot this spring. Moore made the recommendation Thursday based on guidance from Health Canada and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

“Timely vaccination remains our best defense against COVID-19, and I strongly encourage everyone, especially those at increased risk of severe infection, to get all vaccines,” Moore said. “We thank all Ontarians for taking the time to get vaccinated, and I encourage everyone to stay home if they feel unwell, wash their hands often, cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing, and continue to help reduce the spread of respiratory illness.”

People at high risk should have a booster appointment if it has been at least six months since their last dose or recent infection with COVID-19.

Those classified as high risk include those 65 years of age and older, residents of long-term care facilities or retirement communities, adults living in public places for long-term medical needs, pregnant women, adults who are at least moderately immunocompromised people, and Aboriginal people aged 55 or over.

anyone over the age of five who did not receive a booster dose Beginning September 1, 2022, if at least six months have passed since your last dose or confirmed COVID-19 infection, you should receive a dose. Advice for others who are not at high risk and have received boosters since that date will be provided in late summer.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available in many doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and elsewhere.

You can go to the portal to make an appointment Provincial official website.

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