BC will receive a second bivalent vaccine next week

Provincial officials say shipments of Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine, which targets the Omicron variant, are expected soon in British Columbia after Health Canada approved the shot.

A joint statement by BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Health Secretary Adrian Dix said Pfizer-BioNTech’s bivalent vaccine will be available to people aged 12 and over starting next week.

They say BC will receive 1.7 million doses of the newly approved shot, which will be available at health department clinics and pharmacies across the province.

Moderna’s equivalent bivalent vaccine, approved last month, is already available for people aged 18 and over, with BC expected to receive 1.4 million out of 10.5 million doses in Canada.

Health officials say both bivalent vaccines induce a “stronger, more robust immune response and provide better protection against the Omicron variant and subvariants.”

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They say their recommendation that people get either bivalent vaccine as a fall COVID-19 booster is consistent with that of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

The province notes that flu vaccines will be available starting next Tuesday.

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Hung is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Hung joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: hung@interreviewed.com.

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