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What Does the New Booster Shot Mean for International Students?

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The government is reminding Canadians that we must continue to be vigilant about the virus. Therefore they are now offering booster shots.

What is the Booster Shot?

First and foremost, the booster is not considered a third dose. For example, the Moderna booster is just half a dose. Booster shots are not implying the inefficacy of your original vaccines. It’s seen as more of a layer of protection on top of the original doses. Boosters will help prevent infection or cases where the symptoms are milder. 

Am I Eligible?

You’re probably thinking to yourself if you should get the booster shot, or if you can at all. You can get a booster shot regardless of who you are and you have the freedom to decide if you’ll get it or not. Whether you are a permanent resident or a work/study permit holder, you have the right to get a booster shot. All you need to show is your provincial health coverage number and you’ll be good to go. However, you might not need to.

Is it Mandatory?

As of right now, the booster shot is only recommended. Furthermore, as the government is starting to offer boosters and third doses, its target demographic are the elderly and the immunocompromised. If you are a student with a compromised immune system, then it’s highly encouraged that you book an appointment for yourself. 

Who Should Get the Booster Shot?

The following groups should receive the booster shot:

  • Long-term care residents 18 years and older
  • People with underlying medical conditions 50-64 years old

The following groups may get a booster shot:

  • People with underlying medical conditions 18-49 years old
  • People who live or work in high risk settings 18-64 years old

Most of the time you’ll hear the question, “Did you get Moderna or Pfizer?” from your peers, but what if you didn’t get either of those? Right now Canadian health officials are encouraging people who got AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines to grab a booster for themselves. The reason being is because they have shown less effectiveness than the main two brands.

What about Travellers?

If you’re not immunocompromised, but you’re thinking of travelling internationally, then you may want to consider a booster shot. Some countries, like Croatia, have set an expiry date for full vaccination. You’ll have to look into each country’s requirements, but if you were thinking of going to Croatia, then you’ll have to plan your booster shot accordingly. 

That being said, you’ll have to look into your home country’s requirements for when you want to go back for the holidays. Some may need you to show your proof of vaccination while others will require you to quarantine regardless of your vaccination status or nationality. 

Should you get the Booster Shot?

It’s totally up to your discretion if you’re going to get a booster shot. There are variants spreading everywhere and there’s a possibility of immunity waning. For Canada and its residents, a booster shot is ultimately a safety precaution. For the most part, Canada is safe, even from the delta variant. 

Once again, stay safe and healthy! Always wear your mask in indoor spaces and wash your hands often. Be considerate of people who wish to keep their distance.


Sources: Third Dose Eligibility by Province Booster Shots for Travel Booster Shot FAQ

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