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.


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

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