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Adults aged 80 and up should receive the COVID fourth dose, says NACI

NACI suggests that persons aged 80 and up receive the fourth dose of COVID

Key Takeaways:

  • Canada should prepare for “rapid deployment” of a second COVID-19 booster campaign in the coming weeks, according to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
  • The new advice comes as public health indicators in Canada continue to grow, with experts predicting the pandemic’s sixth wave has begun.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) suggested that Canada prepare for “rapid deployment” of a second COVID-19 booster program in the coming weeks, with adults aged 80 and up and residents of long-term care or long-term care in other communal settings receiving priority.

The advisory council also recommended that a second booster dose be given six months following the first booster dose.

“While the greatest benefit is expected in persons 80 years of age and above, jurisdictions may also consider administering a second COVID-19 booster dosage to community-dwelling adults 70-79 years of age,” NACI noted in its amended guidelines.

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According to NACI, people who are “relatively too severely immunocompromised” should obtain the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccination six months after their third shot.

The latest advice comes as public health indicators in Canada continue to rise, with experts warning that the pandemic’s sixth wave has begun.

Last Monday, US regulators approved the fourth dose for Americans 50 and older who haven’t had a flu shot in four months.

NACI suggests that persons aged 80 and up receive the fourth dose of COVID
NACI suggests that persons aged 80 and up receive the fourth dose of COVID. Image from CBC News

The Food and Drug Administration approved the measure on Tuesday, and the Centers for Disease Control afterward advised the extra shot as an alternative. Still, they did not urge eligible individuals to make an appointment right away.

In a statement released Tuesday, NACI vice-chair Dr. Robyn Harrison said, “Broad deployment of a second booster dose to the general public is not necessary to fulfill the fundamental program goal of preventing severe disease.”

NACI is examining existing first booster recommendations for individuals under 50 and adolescents and will issue updated guidance “in the coming weeks,” according to the organization.

Source: Global News

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