High-risk people should get next COVID-19 boosters this spring, Ontario's top doctor says
Anyone 65+, pregnant women, those living in senior homes deemed high-risk
Ontario's chief medical officer of health says people who are at greater risk of severe COVID-19 infection should get their next vaccine booster shot this spring.
Dr. Kieran Moore says high-risk individuals include anyone age 65 and older, pregnant women and people living in senior care facilities, such as long-term care homes.
The list also includes people over 18 who are immunocompromised as well as First Nations, Inuit or Métis age 55 and older and their non-Indigenous household members of the same age.
Moore says people in these groups are recommended to book a booster appointment this spring if it has been at least six months since their last COVID-19 vaccine or infection.
Health Canada says people five years and older who have not received a booster dose since Sept. 1 are recommended to do so if it has been at least six months since their last infection.
Moore released a report last month that stressed the need for Ontario to maintain public health preparedness ahead of future pandemics.