New Brunswick offers second COVID-19 booster shot to over-50s – New Brunswick

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New Brunswick is preparing to roll out a second round of booster doses for residents age 50 or older.

Earlier this week, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) said Canada must prepare in the coming weeks for “the rapid deployment” of a second COVID-19 booster program, prioritizing adults aged 80 and older and residents of the United States. long-term care or other persons. settings.

The advisory body also recommended aiming for a second booster dose six months after the previous booster dose.

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In a Friday press release, Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said expanding eligibility for booster doses “will provide an additional layer of protection against the Omicron and BA.2 variants.”

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The county now “strongly recommends” a second booster dose to people over 70 and long-term care residents.

Second booster doses will be available from April 19.

Those 50 and older are also eligible as long as five months have passed since their last dose of the vaccine.

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The province said First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous family members aged 18 and older are also eligible.

“However, anyone recently infected with COVID-19 should wait three months before receiving a booster dose,” the county said.

Russell in the publication that vaccination is “the most important element in a layered approach to protecting yourself from COVID-19.

“It’s important to stay home if you’re sick, get tested if you experience symptoms, keep the amount of close contact low, and practice good hand hygiene.”

New Brunswick Public Health said it will continue to evaluate the second booster doses for people under the age of 50.

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In addition, the province is making Paxlovid more accessible for COVID-19 patients.

From next Monday, COVID-19 patients at high risk of serious illness from the virus will be able to get a prescription for Paxlovid.

“Now we have a way to reduce the severity of the infection in patients at risk,” Russel said in the release.

The antiviral treatment will be available free of charge.

— With files from Nicole Gibillini.

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