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Canada's top doctor says vaccine passports helping uptake, backs booster for immunocompromised| FULL

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Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam and the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo gave an update on COVID-19 and vaccines on Friday discussing both vaccine passports and booster vaccinations. When asked about the effectiveness of vaccine mandates or passports, Dr. Tam, this is being closely monitored by the federal government, but some provincial governments have reported vaccine inclusion after placing restrictions on non-essential businesses. Tam added whether the mandates actually help reduce the spread of COVID-19 “remains to be seen”. Dr. Tam also said that some immunocompromised people may need an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine after a primary series of one or two doses. Based on a new recommendation from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), Tam recommended “an additional dose or third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for moderately or severely immunocompromised people who are more likely to have an inadequate immune response.” on the initial one or two dose series of COVID-19 vaccines. ”“ NACI is continuing to investigate the need for booster doses, which, as opposed to additional doses, are used to restore adequate initial immune protection that may have waned over time, ”said Dr. Tam. For more information, see https://globalnews.ca/news/8180641/naci-3rd-dose-covid-vaccine-immunocompromised/

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