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Canada's national advisory body on vaccines now recommends giving third doses of COVID vaccines to certain immunocompromised individuals, but still hasn't reached a decision on whether to provide additional shots to the broader population.
For those who've already had a two-dose series, NACI recommends providing a third dose, ideally of an mRNA vaccine — but the committee stressed this should not be considered a "booster.
Shelley Deeks, NACI's chair, explained in a statement that the goal is providing an extra shot to people who "may have somewhat lower responses to their first vaccinations. The committee is also looking at whether additional doses might be needed for other groups, "but it is too early to comment on the state of the evidence for general boosters at this time," Deeks said. Madhukar Pai, a professor of epidemiology and global health at McGill University in Montreal, said NACI's approach to limiting third doses to immunocompromised individuals is a "sensible strategy.
The new recommendations come as much of the world is debating the merits of additional COVID vaccine doses for various groups. Here in Canada, some residents are already set to get third doses. Ontario and Alberta are offering additional shots for certain vulnerable populations including some transplant recipients, cancer patients, immunocompromised individuals and residents of various care homes — while Saskatchewan and Quebec are offering extra rounds of mRNA shots to people who want to travel to countries that may not recognize mixed-vaccination status.
But that kind of broad approach has come under fire given the disparities in the global vaccine rollout during this pandemic. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization's top emergencies expert, said during a recent news conference.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control ECDC has also said there is no need to rush out booster shots for the general public because all authorized vaccines are highly protective against hospitalization, severe disease and death from COVID And other wealthy nations with ample vaccine supply have taken a slightly more nuanced approach, with France, Germany and the U.
As for the new recommendations on third doses being offered in Canada, NACI said it is referring to moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals with the following conditions :. Tam said recent studies show that giving someone a third dose can boost their immune response, but not everyone will get that extra protection after taking a third shot.
She also said that while third doses of an mRNA vaccine are recommended for some, people who cannot take that kind of vaccine can speak with their family doctor about taking a viral vector vaccine such as AstraZeneca. Dr Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer said clinical trials looking at immunization for children aged 5 to 11 are ongoing and will start coming back in the fall.
Once the trials are complete the data has to be reviewed by Health Canada officials, and Njoo said final approval of jabs for kids could come toward the end of the year at the earliest if all regulatory hurdles are met.
But hopefully, if everything goes well, maybe more towards the end of this calendar year, but it's wait and see on that front," he said. A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses.
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