Tripling down on protection

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The debate over third doses of the COVID vaccine has intensified following comments from south of the border.

U.S. President Joe Biden says all Americans should receive a third dose of the vaccine. These could start as early as next month. The administration cites data showing the effect of the vaccines wanes over time.

Israel has already implemented a third dose, or ‘booster’, policy as the country battles a resurgence of the virus. But much of the international community is decrying the practice.

“The World Health Organization has been pleading with member countries not to institute third dose policies but rather to adopt a more charitable approach and send excess doses to countries that do not have very many people vaccinated at all for COVID-19,” says Chatham Kent Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby. “So there’s a tension there.”

Globally it’s estimated only around 25 per cent of the world is fully vaccinated.

Ontario officials said this week they’ll be starting third doses for certain immunocompromised people, such as organ donation recipients, once eight weeks have passed since their second dose.

Colby says Chatham-Kent will follow suit.

“We will be following the provincial regulations and suggestions for third dose policy to the letter. We will be offering our vulnerable citizens third doses at the earliest opportunity.”

Alex Kurial, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent

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