P.E.I. chief public health officer encouraging Islanders to book bivalent COVID-19 booster doses
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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — P.E.I. chief public well being officer Dr. Heather Morrison is encouraging Islanders who haven’t acquired a bivalent booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to guide an appointment.
Morrison mentioned Islanders who haven’t acquired a bivalent booster dose ought to schedule an appointment if it has been six months since their final dose and three months since a COVID-19 an infection.
Well being officers mentioned vaccination is important for people over 5 years previous and people at the next danger of extreme sickness from COVID-19, together with these 65 years of age and older.
P.E.I. started providing bivalent booster doses in September 2022. Morrison emphasised that vaccine safety is constantly being monitored with steerage topic to alter within the coming months.
“We nonetheless want Islanders to do their half by staying residence when you’re sick and sporting a masks in crowded indoor areas helps to cut back the unfold of all respiratory sicknesses comparable to influenza, RSV and COVID-19,” mentioned Morrison.
Individuals who have already acquired a bivalent vaccine don’t require any additional booster doses at the moment.
It’s extremely really helpful that anybody 12 years of age and older get vaccinated at a Health P.E.I. vaccination clinic or at one of many partner pharmacies throughout the province.
Dad and mom and guardians seeking to guide an appointment for his or her youngsters aged six months to 5 years ought to name toll-free 1-844-975-3303 to make an appointment. Vaccinations for this age group will likely be provided at Well being P.E.I. COVID-19 immunization clinics throughout the province on devoted dates and occasions
Moreover, dad and mom and guardians of unvaccinated youngsters six months of age and older ought to make an appointment for his or her youngsters to obtain a primary dose. Youngsters six months of age and older can obtain their COVID-19 vaccine at a Well being P.E.I. vaccination clinic.