Fewer than 1 in 4 grownup Ottawans have 4th dose

Fewer than 1 in 4 grownup Ottawans have 4th dose

Ottawa’s medical officer of well being says difficult messages about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility have contributed to the low uptake of booster doses within the metropolis.

Dr. Vera Etches says many residents have misplaced observe of the right interval between doses over the previous a number of months, resulting in longer than crucial gaps between vaccines.

Now that September has arrived and COVID-19 indicators are rising slowly, Etches encourages residents to get the bivalent booster dose, which affords higher safety in opposition to the Omicron variant.

On the Ottawa Board of Well being assembly Monday, Etches mentioned the Nationwide Advisory Committee on Immunization is advising individuals wait a minimum of six months from their final vaccine dose, or since they final examined optimistic for COVID, to get probably the most profit from their booster.

Etches did say individuals may get vaccinated quicker — with an interval as quick as three months — in the event that they name the provincial reserving system. 

“It’s worthwhile safety. If you happen to’re not going out and getting this fall booster, the bivalent vaccine, you are leaving safety on the desk,” Etches mentioned.

Ottawa Public Well being (OPH) has been reporting an enormous drop in enthusiasm for booster doses. Whereas 92.7 per cent of grownup residents have a minimum of two doses, simply 67.6 per cent have a minimum of three doses and solely 24.5 per cent have 4 or extra.

All Ontario residents 18 and older grew to become eligible for a fourth dose greater than two months in the past.

A woman with a mask around her wrist and a man wearing a mask and sunglasses stand in front of the Tom Brown Arena.
Denise Gour-Akhtar, left, and Shahid Akhtar acquired their fourth COVID-19 dose on the Tom Brown Area on Tuesday. They mentioned they’d been cautious and prevented getting contaminated all summer season, however wished the added safety of the up to date vaccine. (Matthew Kupfer/CBC)

Denise Gour-Akhtar acquired her fourth dose Tuesday afternoon at an OPH clinic on the Tom Brown Area.

“That new vaccine is extra geared towards the Omcrion [variant], so we thought it will be a good suggestion to attend for that,” Gour-Akhtar mentioned.

‘Renewed curiosity’ in vaccination

Jen Belcher, a vice-president with the Ontario Pharmacists’ Affiliation, mentioned she’s fielding extra questions from sufferers in regards to the bivalent vaccine the place she works close to Kingston, Ont.

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How COVID-19 ‘vaccination fatigue’ could also be affecting uptake on fourth doses

Jen Belcher, a vice-president with the Ontario Pharmacists’ Affiliation, says she has seen some vaccination fatigue from residents because the pandemic continues, main some to delay getting the booster doses they’re eligible for.

“There’s positively a little bit of vaccination fatigue on the market, the place persons are feeling somewhat overwhelmed,” she mentioned.

“With the bivalent vaccine we’ve seen a renewed curiosity in sufferers … but it surely’s completely not as excessive because the demand for first and second doses within the major collection.”

Belcher mentioned there is no signal of provide chain points, however mentioned individuals might should be affected person as orders get crammed to satisfy the demand.

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