Bivalent boosters available for all adults in Ottawa

Starting today, bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters are available to anyone 18 years of age or older in Ontario.

The vaccine, which targets Omicron variants of COVID-19, was previously made available to certain groups of people, including people 70 and older, healthcare workers, residents of long-term care homes and First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, among others. risk groups.

Now anyone 18 years of age or older in Ontario can request and receive a bivalent booster dose. Appointments can be made via COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center (PVCC) at 1-833-943-3900. Appointments will be for a local community clinic. Walk-in space for community clinics is limited and people are encouraged to make an appointment.

Ottawa Public Health has also neighborhood health centers for residents of certain neighborhoods.

Eligible individuals can also book appointments directly with public health units that use their own booking systems, Indigenous-run immunization clinics, participating health care providers and participating pharmacies.

The recommended interval for bivalent booster is 168 days from a previous dose. The minimum interval is 84 days. Individuals who wish to receive their bivalent booster between three months and the recommended six-month interval, or who otherwise have difficulty scheduling their appointment online, should call the CPVC to schedule an appointment.

The Ottawa Medical Officer of Health strongly encourages residents to get all of the booster doses they are eligible for this fall.

“COVID-19 bivalent booster is another layer we can use to increase protection against newer COVID-19 variants in Ontario,” Dr. Etches said in a statement earlier this month.

According to data from OPH, just over 207,000 Ottawa residents have received at least four doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Most people receiving a fourth dose are 60 or older.


PEDIATRIC DOSES AVAILABLE

Starting today, the province says the new Pfizer Pediatric Vaccine will be an alternate vaccine available for children six months to under five years old. Parents and caregivers can continue to make appointments through the same methods as for bivalent vaccination.

The province says the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for infants and children aged six months to under five years, including those who are immunocompromised, is a three-dose primary series, with a recommended dosing interval of eight weeks. between doses.

Parents are not recommended to mix doses for children receiving their first round of COVID-19 vaccines. Children should receive the same product for all doses of the primary series, whether Pfizer or Moderna.

To date, 16% of children aged six months to four years in Ottawa have received one dose and 1% have received two or more.

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