Bivalent COVID-19 vaccines now available through local pharmacies
Northern Health is now rolling out bivalent vaccines for fall boosters.
Pharmacies in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John received their stock of the bivalent vaccine over the weekend. The bivalent vaccine targets both the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Omicron (BA.1) variant. It also generates a good immune response against the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.
Fall booster invitations are being sent out now, starting with people who are most at risk from COVID-19. That includes seniors, people who are extremely clinically vulnerable, Indigenous people, and healthcare workers.
The provincial government will offer the bivalent vaccine to everyone 18 years old and older, as it provides better protection against Omicron variants. However, adults can also get a non-mRNA vaccine (either the Novavax or Johnson & Johnson vaccine) if they choose to.
When you get your invitation, you can book your booster through the province’s website. The vaccine will be administered by pharmacies.
Children 17 years of age or younger will still receive the regular Moderna or Pfizer mRNA vaccine (children 5 to 11 years of age will receive a smaller dose).
Children’s vaccinations will be administered by a Northern Health clinic. In Dawson Creek, vaccine appointments for children aged 6 months to 11 years can be made at the Dawson Creek Health Unit, which runs every second Monday from 1pm to 4:05pm. The vaccine clinic for children in Fort St. John runs Tuesdays at 10am to 12pm and from 1pm to 3:30pm.
More information on Northern Health vaccine clinics can be found here.