If you already have COVID-19, your booster is still your best line of defense against serious consequences, according to York area health medical officer Dr. Barry Pekes.
In his weekly update on the local fight against COVID-19, the region’s top doctor said there was growing enthusiasm in the York area to take the third and fourth doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, yet Questions were being asked whether they were still necessary. After a bout of the virus.
“Over 30,000 fourth doses have been administered to residents of the York area who are 60 years of age or older” [and] The fourth dose is especially important for those over the age of 70 and 80,” said Dr. Pex. “Therefore, we encourage residents of the Old York area to get their booster as soon as possible. Anyone over the age of 12 should now have three doses and children 5-11 two doses.
“The protection provided by the vaccine [after experiencing COVID] Long lasting and better than having COVID-19 disease and it is also much safer. If you haven’t received the fourth dose, please make an appointment.”
He said that while the region continues its thrust for boosters, there are signs of hope on the horizon.
“It was shared in a recent GTA newspaper column that the COVID-19 report is now somewhat like speaking about the weather: it’s hard to say anything new, but we still need to know about the changing circumstances. so that we can be prepared and respond.” Dr. Pex said. “But, there are really new developments happening with COVID-19 and our response is every hour, every day and every week, so I continue to share these updates with you.
“COVID-19 transmission in the community due to the Omicron BA2 variant is still very high. We continue to see stable signals in our wastewater data. The situation is showing a similar plateau over most areas of the province and we expect it to show a steady decrease soon. The number of patients in hospitals in the York area and across the province is still very high, but not growing as fast as it was before. Our institutional outbreaks are high but also stable and test positivity is decreasing to some extent. These are all signs that we are heading in the right direction, but the pandemic and its effects are not over yet. In particular, we all need to take action collectively to keep ourselves well, but also to prevent infection in people who may become ill enough to require hospital care. ,
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