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Long-term care residents in B.C. to start getting COVID-19 vaccine booster next week

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that residents of long-term care and assisted living will be offered COVID-19 vaccine boosters starting next week. The boosters will be administered as part of the province's flu shot campaign. – Sep 28, 2021

COVID-19 booster shots will be offered to residents in long-term care and assisted living starting next week, B.C. health officials said Tuesday.

The boosters will be done as part of the province’s flu shot campaign, allowing residents to receive both shots at the same time.

The province has determined that an interval of six months between the second dose of vaccine and a booster shot is ideal.

“We know that our seniors and elders have carried a heavy burden and we continue to see cases in these homes,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said.

Read more: COVID-19 booster shots now recommended for long-term care residents: NACI

On Tuesday, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended COVID-19 booster for residents of long-term care homes and seniors living in other congregate settings.

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– More to come

— With files from Saba Aziz

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