The bivalent vaccine targets both the original virus and the Omicron variant BA.1 that emerged late last year. Health Canada approved Moderna’s updated vaccine earlier this month.
Beginning Monday, the Moderna bivalent booster dose will be available to certain adult groups at Saskatchewan Health Authority vaccination clinics and participating pharmacies.
Adults in Ontario can begin booking a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster dose on Monday, the province says. Spots opened for everyone as of 8 a.m. ET, though appointments for especially vulnerable people will be prioritized until September 26 before widening to all residents 18 and older.
A first limited shipment of bivalent COVID-19 vaccines has arrived in Ontario, Minister of Health Sylvia Jones said Thursday, as the province reported 74 more people died with the illness over the last week.
With newer, more targeted vaccines rolling out, what is Canada doing with its originals? Some experts are concerned this latest stage of vaccine rollout could mean more vaccines are wasted as demand from other countries dwindles.
The vaccine targets both the original virus and the Omicron variant BA.1 that emerged late last year and drove the largest wave of infection and hospitalization among Canadians in the pandemic.