Demand for bivalent boosters expected to remain steady

A public health nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine. (File photo supplied by Southwestern Public Health)

Lambton Public Health (LPH) expects the demand for bivalent COVID-19 booster shots to remain steady over the next few months but will add appointment slots as needed.

Health Protection Supervisor Crystal Palleschi said there has been an increase in appointments since registration for bivalent doses opened to those 18 and up last week.

“Currently we have about 2,000 appointments in our booking system and just over 90 per cent of those are for booster doses,” said Palleschi. “About 70 per cent of those who have booked so far are 60 years and older and about half are 70 and older.”

Although the demand is expected to remain steady, Palleschi said the health unit is “closely watching” the bookings.

“[Tuesday] we did some more appointments [for] next week and throughout October so there are lots of spots available,” said Palleschi

For members of the general population, Palleschi said it’s recommended they wait six months to receive a booster since their last shot. Whereas, it’s recommended that those in the high-risk population receive their booster shot as soon as they can, as long as it’s been three months since their last dose.

Residents are also advised to wait at least three months to receive a booster shot after a COVID-19 infection.

Appointments can be booked through the provincial portal or through LPH’s website.