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Bivalent COVID-19 booster: What do London residents need to know?

Starting Monday, September 26, Ontarians aged 18 and over will be eligible for a bivalent COVID-19 booster dose.

Booster doses should be administered at intervals of six months between the completion of the primary series and the first booster dose, or between booster doses, according to Middlesex London Medical Department.

“This is what we think is important to get because it’s what circulates the most in the community,” said Mary Lou Albanese, Middlesex London Health Director for Environmental Health and Infectious Diseases.

Albanese said the health department is urging people to get vaccinated ahead of the fall and winter months as there are few health measures for COVID-19 in the province.

“In the coming months, we will see a surge in the incidence in society. And if it’s been three to six months since your last dose, your immune system has weakened, which means it’s lowered and you’re more prone to respiratory problems.”

Vishal Mehta, a pharmacist at Yurek Pharmacy in London, told CTV News that the demand for people wanting a booster dose has dropped.

However, people have more questions about this particular vaccine, Mehta said.

“The bivalent vaccine that we offer is more effective against BA.1 and BA.4, BA. 5 and continues to be more effective against the original variants,” Mehta said.

As of Friday, a bivalent COVID-19 booster dose is still available for “highest-risk populations”, including:

  • Persons aged 70 and over
  • Residents of Nursing Homes, Nursing Homes, and Residents in Other Congregate Places Who Provide Care and Health Services
  • Indigenous, Inuit and Métis persons, and non-Indigenous members of their households, aged 18 or over.
  • Moderate to severely immunocompromised individuals aged 12 years and older
  • Pregnant persons aged 18 and over
  • Health care workers aged 18 and over.

The bivalent vaccine is currently available at the Agriplex Mass Vaccination Clinic until Thursday, September 29th. The bivalent vaccine is available at all MLHU clinics, including the Health Department Mass Vaccination Clinic at Caradoc Community Center in Mount Bridges and its COVID-19 community. Vaccination clinics.

An appointment is required to get a dose of bivalent vaccine at these locations, which can be booked online or by calling 226-289-3560.

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