Omicron-targeting vaccine now available for Nova Scotia children aged five to 11

HALIFAX — The Omicron-targeting COVID-19 booster shot is now available to children between the ages of five and 11 in Nova Scotia.

The province recommends that children receive a COVID-19 booster dose 168 days — about five and a half months — after their last primary series shot.

Children who have had COVID-19 should also wait 168 days after their infection before getting a booster.

The Health Department says the bivalent vaccine, which targets the Omicron variant and the original strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is the preferred vaccine type for booster doses.

Parents and guardians can book an appointment for their children's booster dose or primary series vaccine online.

The Pfizer-made bivalent vaccine is the only shot of its kind available for children between five and 11.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 3, 2023.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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