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Omicron: Canada asks citizens to take Covid-19 booster jabs

World NewsOmicron: Canada asks citizens to take Covid-19 booster jabs

Toronto: Amid a spike in cases of the Omicron sub-variant XBB.1.5, Canadian health officials are asking citizens to get a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) released new guidance on Friday that strongly recommends that people 12 years of age and older be offered at least one booster shot. Should be if they are at increased risk of serious illness.

NACI also stated that bivalent mRNA vaccines should be the “preferred booster products for all persons 5 years of age and older.” Such vaccines target both the original Wuhan variant and the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. They have been available in Canada since September of last year.

The recommendation to increase the booster dose comes as the rate of cases caused by the XBB.1.5 subtype is expected to rise to 7% of the total this month, compared to 2.5% detected between December 25 and January. was found on the frequency 2.

“While XBB variants are expected to increase in Canada, it is unknown if they will become the dominant lineage,” said Dr. Theresa Tom, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer.

However, concerns over a sharp increase in cases caused by Omicron in early 2022 remain muted. As Tom said, “Nationally, the absolute number of cases is not increasing at this time, and there is no evidence of increased severity with this or other new types.”

Precautions should be adequate to avoid widespread infection.

In 2022, the Omicron variant resulted in the highest number of infections ever reported in Canada. However, over time there has been a general trend toward a reduction in serious outcomes such as intensive care admissions and mortality among hospitalized patients. This may reflect the effects of vaccine and infection-induced immunity, changes in the characteristics of infected individuals, and changes in circulating strains.

“It is too early to stop the personal protective measures that have helped us weather the Covid storm,” he added.

Canada added 16,540 cases in the week ending Jan. 16, according to the latest update.


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