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Bivalent COVID booster available to 18-plus population next week.

Bivalent COVID booster available to 18-plus population next week.

Starting Monday September 26, anyone over 18 can get the COVID 19 Bivalent booster shot which provides protection against the newer Omicron variant as well as other strains of COVID. Starting Sept 26, individuals aged 18 years & older will be eligible to receive the fall booster. Both Hamilton and Halton Public Health are booking appointments now.

The bivalent booster targets the original COVID-19 virus and the Omicron (BA.1) variant—the first COVID-19 vaccine to target a specific strain of the virus. It is recommended that residents receive the booster 6 months (minimum 3 months) after a previous dose or COVID-19 infection.

“I encourage all residents to get boosted this fall to gain an extra layer of protection against COVID-19,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “In addition to staying up to date on all vaccines available, please stay home when you are sick with any illness that can be passed on to others. Residents are also encouraged to wear masks indoors and in crowded settings. Thank you for continuing to take steps to protect each other, especially those most at risk of complications from respiratory viruses.”

Halton Region is also reminding families that all children 5 to 11 years of age are recommended to receive a booster dose (monovalent booster) and children under 5 years of age who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the summer will soon be due for their second dose, 8 weeks (56 days) after their first dose.

You can book an appointment online, if you have Ontario health card & email address or acell phone that receives SMS messages.

To Book in Hamilton click here

To Book in Halton Click Here,

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