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posted by: LIT First Aid on: November 09, 2021

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Now that vaccination rates are up across the country, the conversation has gone from first and second doses to booster doses. 

If you’re wondering if and when you should get a COVID-19 booster shot, keep reading.

So far, the Canadian government has left the administration and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to the individual provinces and territories. This will continue to be the case with booster doses, meaning that you will have to consult your local health authority to find out when and if you are eligible to receive a booster shot. 

As it stands, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends booster doses to the following groups: 

  • Long-term care residents or seniors living in similar settings such as assisted living facilities, retirement homes, or chronic-care hospitals
  • People 70 years of age or older
  • People who received two doses of the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD vaccine or 1 dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.
  • Adults in or from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities.
  • People who are frontline health care workers who either have direct in-person contact with patients and/or were vaccinated with a very short interval

Generally speaking, NACI recommends that all booster shots be administered a minimum of six months from the date of one’s second dose. They also advise that the administered doses be of an mRNA vaccine, rather than a viral vector-based vaccine like the single-dose Johnson & Johnson or the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD. 

As mentioned above, Canada is rolling out booster doses on a province-by-province basis. Thus far, several provinces have begun offering booster shots to immunocompromised individuals, seniors, and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. For example, seniors aged 70 and up and indigenous peoples aged 18 and up, as well as those who live in rural or indigenous communities, are currently eligible for an mRNA booster shot in British Columbia.

As booster doses start to be administered in Canada, it’s important to keep up to date on the eligibility in your local province/territory or health unit. To keep yourself and others safe against COVID-19, the best course of action is to get vaccinated. In the event that you or someone you love contracts COVID-19, we recommend signing up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR that could save your life.

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