Liberal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos compared recharging a phone to getting a Covid-19 booster shot during a conference on Thursday, suggesting Canadians get a needle plugged in to their arm every six months to “recharge” their “vaccine” covid-19 protection.
During the conference, health authorities discussed their approval of the bivalent Moderna shot for the fall season.
“Vaccine protection is like a phone battery. It needs to be recharged from time to time. Recharging our protection after six months is important, otherwise, we are left without the power to protect ourselves and our loved ones,” said Duclos.
“When protection wanes, action is required just like a phone battery. Your phone battery needs to be recharged for your phone to work, to have appropriate power to operate and for your vaccination protection to be affected, so you recharge your phone battery by plugging it into the electricity.”
While season’s change as fall and winter approaches ‘experts’ anticipated another wave of the virus, as if no one else could foresee this based on history and patterns of other respiratory ilnesses. Declos said the federal government will begin a “national campaign” to tell Canadians to get up to date on all their boosters.
“You recharge your vaccine protection by taking action and getting a vaccination. So that’s going to start next week. This is obviously a national campaign,” said Duclos.
The Moderna vaccine, which has been modified to provide protection against the BA.1 Omicron variant, has been licenced for use by Health Canada. It comprises half the dose of the original shot. The authorization of the vaccine only permits those over the age of 18 to receive it.
“This is the first bivalent COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada and marks a milestone in Canada’s response to COVID-19,” Health Canada wrote in a press release.
“After a thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence, Health Canada has determined that the bivalent Moderna Spikevax booster is safe and effective.”
Booster uptake is on the decline. While the government calls 2 doses a “primary series” of vaccination, at the time of wiritng this article, the government is reporting, 82.03% of the population has received the injections because of previous mandates that were in effect.
Only 49.57% of Canadians have received the “primary series” plus one booster dose as the population has learned the virus has become more mild with less severe illness and health officials have encouraged people to evaluate their own benefit to risk analysis.
Meanwhile, only 12.41% of Canadians have opted to receive two additional boosters on top of their primary series vaccination.