Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam urged Canadians on Friday to get up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines, including a booster dose if eligible, as the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron is spreading in the country, albeit at a “slow rate.”
She said while there could be a “blip” in the spring, vaccines and wearing a mask “as much as possible” could be the tools to manage such a potential surge.
Tam made the comments alongside deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo.
Tam also advised that the definition of fully vaccinated would remain at two approved vaccine doses.
She said this is due to the various timing of different groups of people able to get a booster shot, as well as other countries not even having booster access yet. However, if a severe variant were to appear, she said border measures could be reexamined if necessary.
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