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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Canada requires to make a firm call on boosters as a new variant arises

Key takeaways: 

  • No ‘clear and present danger’ yet to prove extensive boosters, but the omicron variant causes a new menace.
  • Specialists are split over the requirement to increase access to further shots to more Canadians, and the rise of the omicron variant will probably only flame the discussion further.

Omicron variant rises in Canada: 

Notwithstanding an increasing pressure to roll out COVID-19 vaccine boosters more extensively in Canada, epidemiologists assume there is presently no indication of an essential requirement for extra shots in the general population — due to the great, ongoing assurance of two shots already given.

But with the rise of the probably more dangerous omicron variant, the vacations swiftly nearing and COVID-19 levels continuing raised in much of the nation, should Canada wait for more evidence of decreasing immunity before extending the ability of boosters?

Several regions and nations have previously increased access to boosters — including Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Yukon — while others have taken a more careful plan by only giving them to specific weak groups and healthcare workers.

But the present situation for surging out third shots to most Canadians while much of the world continues unvaccinated and new variants remain to rise appears weak at best.

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“There is currently no evidence of widespread decreasing protection over time against severe disease in the general Canadian population who have been vaccinated,” a spokesperson for the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) reported.  Source – cbc.ca

“NACI continues to actively review available evidence from Canada and other countries, and if needed, will update advice on booster doses as a preventive measure.” Source – cbc.ca

‘Don’t want to stop till it’s too delayed’

Specialists are split over the requirement to increase access to further shots to more Canadians — or also to everyone above 18 — and the rise of the omicron variant will probably only inflame the discussion further.

“I understand that mounting pressure to give more and more doses,” stated Dr Danuta Skowronski, epidemiology role at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, whose study helped Canada’s choice to hold second doses of COVID-19 vaccines.  Source – cbc.ca

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