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B.C. offers the 4th COVID-19 vaccine dose for 70 and older 


Key takeaways: 

  • Officials say that at-risk groups are arriving six months since their first booster, and safety may be weakening.
  • Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix give an update on COVID-19 in B.C. 

B.C. has begun rolling out fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for elders over 70 and Indigenous people aged 55 and older.

Those considered clinically too vulnerable are now suitable for a fifth dose.

The program is sought at the highest risk groups who are now arriving six months since their first booster shot (third dose) and may be undergoing waning safety, mainly from the Omicron variant. 

The statement is in keeping with Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) guidance, which Tuesday urged the “rapid deployment” of a second COVID-19 booster shot for those 80 and older. 

The region said fourth dose vaccination programs have already begun at some long-term care homes, and invitations for suitable patients will be sent out soon.

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B.C. has begun rolling out fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for elders over 70

The news arrives as B.C. gets ready to scrap the last of its public health limitations with the B.C. The vaccine Card program ends Friday effectively at 12:01 a.m. P.T. and businesses can transition from the COVID-19 safety program to the less demanding communicable disease plan. 

The vaccine need for post-secondary school citizens is also being lifted. 

According to data released by the region, unvaccinated people persist in accounting for the largest share of demises, critical care patients, and hospitalizations linked to COVID-19.

Those who have not got a full complement of COVID-19 vaccinations — usually two total doses and a booster — are at a much higher risk than those who have. 

According to the latest number, 59 percent of B.C. adults 18 and older have got a booster or third dose, while 91 percent have two doses. Only 56 percent of eligible kids aged five to 11 have got their first dose.

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