Must be 70 and over to get a 4th jab
BC will not offer a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to anyone under 70 – unless they are living in care homes or assisted-living facilities, are First Nations, Métis or Inuit older than 55 or immune-compromised.
This is unlike Quebec, that is now offering a fourth dose to all adults.
So far in BC, just over 78,000 people have received a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine, primarily in long-term care facilities.
Over the next week 75,000 people aged 70 and over will be eligible for their fourth dose. The gap is between third and fourth doses is 182 days. More than a million people eligible for a third dose have not signed up.
“What we’re seeing from other countries is that that fourth dose, that second booster, does give a boost in protection against infection and also stimulates a stronger protection from more severe illness and death, but it also wanes again over time,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said.