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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Covid-19 boosters are being offered to 16-year-olds in the Northwest Territories

Covid-19 boosters

Key Takeaways:

  • Teens who will turn 16 in 2021 are already eligible for the booster.
  • Those turning 16 in 2022 will receive their third, smaller booster dose of the vaccine beginning in the new year.

The Northwest Territories Government advises residents to get booster shots because ‘protection from the first two doses has been shown in many cases to wane over time, leaving people with lower immunity against Covid-19.’

Authorities in the United States announced earlier this week that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine booster doses had been shown to provide effective protection against the new Omicron variant of the virus that causes Covid-19.

Covid-19 boosters; Image from The New York Times

People can get a booster shot six months after their second dose. In early May, teens aged 12 and up became eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. Booster shots for Covid-19 are now available to NWT residents aged 16 and up. They were previously only open to adults in the territory.

“If you are immune-compromised, you may be eligible for a 3rd dose instead of a booster, and sooner than 6th months after your second dose,” the territorial government said in a news release.

Yellowknifers can book Covid-19 vaccines online, whereas residents of other communities must check an online schedule for clinic dates or make an appointment.

Booster shots have no bearing on the definition of complete vaccination. Two weeks after receiving their second dose, people are still fully vaccinated.

Source: cabin Radio News

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