OTTAWA – The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly recommending that COVID-19 boosters be offered to adults over the age of 50, while those aged 18 to 49 are exposed to individual risks and where they On a live basis, boosters may be offered.

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NACI is also reiterating its previous recommendations to prioritize boosters to anyone age 70 and older; people who received two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of Janssen vaccine; some immunocompromised individuals; adults in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities; and front-line health care workers who were originally vaccinated within a short time span.

this update advice The request on Tuesday by the federal government comes after NACI “early” reviews its guidance on prioritizing COVID-19 booster shots in light of concerns over the Omicron version.

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Although it is not clear how transmissible and severe infection is caused by version B.1.1.1.529, as the Omicron highly mutated, health officials have expressed concern that it may become more vaccine resistant.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, provinces and territories are responsible for deciding their vaccine rollout eligibility strategies and whether or not to follow NACI recommendations.

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Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines as boosters for people 18 years of age and older at least six months after the primary vaccine course.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said if there were calls to expand COVID-19 booster shot access, so would supplies.

“There is no problem regarding the quantity of vaccines. We have a lot of vaccines for boosters in Canada, we’re getting more in the new year. We are fine in terms of quantity, the issue is what is the best recommendation for people to get those boosters and when,” Trudeau said.

Ministers are expected to have more to say about the federal COVID-19 response at the 1 a.m. EST press conference.

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