Based on the most recent update on its website, Health Canada has already given the go signal for administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for all adults 18 years up. The said approval was announced on Tuesday and is the first-ever sanctioned by the health regulator.
Health Canada publicized that the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine may already be given to adults as a booster shot six months after they have been given their initial two doses. This announcement is seemingly aligned with the plans of several Canadian provinces to provide booster shots to those who may need them.
While the provincial government of Ontario is prioritizing the roll-out of booster shots for individuals with a higher risk for COVID-19 infection, the province of British Columbia is setting up the administration of the same to persons who were given two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The health regulator specified that two initial doses are still necessary before a booster shot can be given, which is also the requirement for most provincial vaccine passport systems that have been set up across the country.
Moreover, Health Canada emphasized that a particular province or territory decides when its residents will receive their booster shots. These decisions will be based on public health recommendations and the latest COVID-19 statistics in their respective regions.