Health Canada approves updated Moderna vaccine for COVID-19

Health Canada has approved an updated Moderna COV-19 vaccine for all Canadians over the age of six months.

The new vaccine targets the XBB.1.5 variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The decision was first announced on the Health Canada website before being discussed by officials at a press conference Tuesday morning.

Officials say that the vaccine can now be given in a single dose to anyone five-year-old or older.

For children that are between the ages of six months and four-years-old, one dose is being recommended for those who have been previously vaccinated against COVID-19.

For children who have not been vaccinated, two doses are being recommended.

Upon Moderna’s submission for approval back in the fall, the company said it anticipated having supplies available for Canada in the fall.

This report was created with files from The Canadian Press.

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