Nova Scotians aged 50 and older can soon get a second COVID-19 booster dose

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HALIFAX — All Nova Scotians aged 50 and older will soon be able to access second COVID-19 boosters.

Currently, only those 70 years old and up are able to book appointments for a fourth dose of the vaccine, a policy that is in line with recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

Beginning next week, people aged 50 to 69 will be able to book a second booster, though public health recommends people wait until the fall before getting one.

Deputy chief medical officer of health Dr. Shelley Deeks said in a statement today that while the choice is up to the individual, she suggests people wait because the first booster still offers strong protection.

Deeks says that COVID-19 transmission in the province is stable, but she says public health officials expect there will be a resurgence this fall or winter.

The deputy medical officer says residents would ideally get a second booster when the next surge of the disease is expected.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 27, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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