Reinforcement doses are offered for anyone 18 years of age or older in Newfoundland

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Newfoundland and Labrador health officials have identified 15 new cases of COVID-19 in the province since Friday.

A press release says nine cases are related to previously known trips or infections, while the sources of six cases remain under investigation.

There are 23 active cases of COVID-19 across the province and nearly 92% of residents 12 years of age or older have received two doses of a vaccine.

Health officials also announce that all residents 18 years of age or older will be eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine six months after receiving the second dose.

Public health is encouraging residents 30 years of age or older who are eligible for a third vaccine to receive the Modern COVID-19 vaccine at their local pharmacy or through their doctor.

The statement said that Pfizer-BioNTech is not available in pharmacies because it is used for pediatric vaccines and booster vaccinations for people aged 18 to 29, according to the recommendations of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on December 13, 2021.

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