COVID-19 Vaccine Second Booster Doses Are Available for Immunocompromised Residents
Written by Comms Team, May 13, 2022
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Residents who are immunocompromised or on immunosuppressive medication and received a 3 dose primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine are now eligible for a second booster dose if they meet the following criteria:
- 60 years of age or older
- First Nation, Inuit, Metis and their non-Indigenous household members who are 18 years of age or older
This would allow individuals who are immunocompromised AND 60 years of age or older OR First Nations, Inuit, and Metis to receive a fifth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Residents who are immunocompromised due to health condition or medication may experience a reduced immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine. This immunity can be further reduced due to age or other health circumstances. Therefore, a second booster or fifth dose is recommended to enhance the immune response and provide better protection against COVID-19 for these residents,” said Dr. Thomas Piggott, Medical Officer of Health.
Dr. Piggott added, “Residents should confirm their eligibility before booking an appointment.” Peterborough Public Health has developed a COVID-19 Immunization Schedule to assist residents in keeping up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
Residents who fit into this category will need to speak with their healthcare provider to confirm their eligibility and receive a referral form before attending a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Residents who are eligible based on health status can bring their referral form to receive their dose at any Peterborough Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic.
More information about COVID-19 vaccine availability can be found on the Peterborough Public Health vaccine webpage.
For further information, please contact:
705-743-1000, ext. 391