Booster wait for pregnant women shortened to 8 weeks

Booster wait shortened

British Columbia women who are pregnant can now book a COVID-19 booster vaccine, effective Thursday, if it has been at least eight weeks since they received their second vaccine dose.

"While it is recommended people get their booster six months after their second dose to ensure longer-lasting protection, it is important for pregnant people to receive their booster during pregnancy to ensure optimal protection for them and their baby," the Ministry of Health said in a news release.

According to the province's vaccine and immunization website, "pregnant people 18-years and older can get a booster dose 8 weeks after their second dose. You can be at any stage of your pregnancy."

People who indicate they are pregnant when they call the Get Vaccinated system will receive an invitation for a booster shot if it has been eight weeks or more since their second dose.

"If you haven't received an invite yet, call 1-833-838-2323 and self-identify as pregnant. We’ll book you the next available appointment."

Approximately 1,800 people have already stated that they are pregnant and will automatically receive an invitation.

Those who have not registered with the Get Vaccinated system can register online, by phone or at a Service BC Centre. Provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Tuesday, that a more streamlined process was being developed to help pregnant people get their boosters earlier.

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