COVID-19: Stay up to date with your vaccinations
Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada
Date published: 2022-09-20
Staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, remains the best way to protect against severe disease, hospitalization and death. It may also help prevent long-term complications from COVID-19 infection.
Protection from COVID-19 vaccines fades over time. With a booster dose the protection goes back up. If it's been longer than 6 months since your last dose, consider getting a booster dose by contacting your province or territory or a health care provider. If you have not had any COVID-19 vaccines, it's never too late to start.
You should get vaccinated even if you've been previously infected or think you may have been infected. While a previous COVID-19 infection can provide some protection against reinfection, that protection also fades over time. Up-to-date vaccination is recommended to help maintain effective protection, especially against severe outcomes.
It's recommended that you receive your booster dose 6 months after you tested positive or started having symptoms. A shorter interval of at least 3 months may be recommended in some circumstances.
Help strengthen your defences against serious illness by staying up to date with all the COVID-19 vaccine doses recommended for you.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccination or to book an appointment, visit your provincial or territorial website.
Make informed decisions on using individual public health measures
In addition to staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, you're encouraged to consider using individual public health measures. This includes staying home when sick, wearing a well-fitting respirator or mask in public indoor settings, and improving indoor ventilation. It's most effective to use several measures at once, which is called layering. These are effective actions you can use every day to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Visit Canada.ca/covid-vaccine to learn more.
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