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Manitoba youth at high risk from COVID recommend third vaccine dose

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Manitoba youth at high risk from COVID-19 and its variants are being recommended a third dose of the vaccine, according to guidance announced by public health officials on Monday.

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Following new recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, effective Monday, youth ages 12 to 17 should receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if they are at high risk of serious consequences due to medical or social risk factors or can be. (NACI). The third dose will be given at least six months after the second dose.

“We know we have a significant population of adolescents who meet those criteria who are at high risk of serious consequences and would benefit from being protected as much as possible against this virus and its variants,” said Dr. Joss Reimer, Vaccine Implementation Task Force. Medical lead on Monday in a vaccine and health system update.

Meanwhile, Dr David Mattier, one of the leads for Manitoba’s COVID Response Incident Command, reported that the number of Manitobans in the hospital has continued to “plateau” in recent days, with 702 COVID-positive patients in the hospital on Monday , down 14 from Sunday and a decrease of 4.5% compared to the previous week.

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“To give some context, the number of COVID-19-positive patients was increasing by 70 or 80% a week from mid-January to mid-January,” Matier said, noting that the number of new patients in intensive care units COVID admissions are still high. They want the numbers to be falling below the numbers they saw a week or two ago. “So we’re headed in the right direction.”

Youth eligible for a booster dose will include those with underlying medical conditions that put them at increased risk, living in shelters, group homes and correctional facilities, and belonging to racial or marginalized communities disproportionately affected by COVID are affected.

Reimer said neither the province nor the NACI is recommending boosters for the general population of youth in this age group. Only those who meet the criteria are eligible.

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“Right now it looks like young people at low risk are well protected and well protected from serious consequences,” Reimer said. “The only way the recommendation is going to change is if there is evidence that a booster dose is important for that age group to reduce the risk of serious disease for them.”

Public health will continue to use Pfizer to reduce the small risk associated with myocarditis and/or pericarditis. This swelling of the heart tissue is extremely rare and mild when it occurs after vaccination. Preliminary safety data from real-world use of the booster in adolescents did not show any additional safety concerns.

“It almost always resolves completely without any serious long-term consequences,” Reimer said.

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Parents or guardians of children who do not fit the eligibility categories but still feel they should get a booster should discuss their individual circumstances with their family doctor or pediatrician.

Matier said Manitoba recorded three new ICU cases on Sunday and 27 new COVID positive cases last week. As of midnight Sunday, there were 109 adult patients in the ICU, of whom 47 received COVID care, which was significantly higher than the pre-pandemic baseline capacity of 72 patients.

“We are very eager to have this wave in our rear-view mirror. But we are not there yet, although we are heading in the right direction,” he said.

The province reported on Monday that the number of COVID hospital admissions last week was down 19% compared to the previous week and that new admissions to intensive care units also declined by 19%.

“Things in the health care system are showing signs of slowing down, but don’t misunderstand that as anything but normal,” Mattier said. “It is very busy. There are still many staff away from their normal duties to support the care of COVID patients and there are many Manitobans who continue to wait for procedures.”

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