Hamilton recommends COVID vaccine boosters for high-risk populations

Hamilton public health is recommending boosters of the COVID-19 vaccine for residents who are at high risk of severe illness from infection. 

In line with directives from the Ontario government, Hamilton residents who fall into specific categories are now eligible to receive a bivalent booster dose for the spring. 

If it has been at least six months since their last dose, eligible individuals include those ages 65 and older; residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, and Elder Care Lodges; individuals ages 18 and over living in congregate care settings for people with complex medical needs; pregnant individuals; those ages 55 and up who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Metis; and individuals ages 18 and up with moderate to severely immunocompromising conditions. 

The bivalent booster has been formulated to protect against the original strains of COVID-19 as well as newer variants currently circulating. 

“With immunity from a previous infection and vaccine protection decreasing over time, we encourage all Hamiltonians to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including a Spring booster dose for those at increased risk of severe illness from the virus,” said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health. 

“Having more Hamiltonians vaccinated, together with other layers of protection, such as wearing a well-fitting mask in crowded indoor public spaces, practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene and staying home when sick, can help limit exposure and results in fewer infections and less severe illness in our community.”

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