Booster dose eligibility expands in Saskatchewan

More Saskatchewan residents are now eligible to receive a third booster dose.

Anyone who is 50 and older, along with all health care workers, individuals who are 18 and older and lives in the far north or on First Nations communities along with anyone who was born before 2009 and has an underlying health condition that are clinically vulnerable are all now eligible for a third booster dose.

Individuals have to wait five months after receiving their second dose before they can get the third booster shot, unless they have received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, then they only have to wait two months.

Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab says that everyone who is now eligible to get a booster dose should get it now as he expects the eligibility to expand to 18 and over in early January.

Shahab adds that anyone who has received a third booster for travel or comprised immune system reasons does not need to receive a fourth booster dose at this time

While the case count is down in most parts of the province, Shahab says there are higher case numbers in some areas of Saskatchewan including the south west, south east and the central east regions along with the far north areas. Shahab is hopeful that a trend of first and second dose uptake continue in these regions.

The province says they are also keeping an eye on any possible omicron variants present in Saskatchewan. Shahab said that over 150 residents of the province who have recently to the countries that were flagged with Omicron concerns are currently isolating and quarantining and so far there have been no confirmed cases of Omicron in Saskatchewan.

 

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