Let's get vaccinated to avoid long COVID

by 22q Administrator

The COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over. Individuals who get COVID-19 more than once are at a higher risk of developing long COVID and other health problems compared to those infected just once. Long COVID is an unpleasant combination of fatigue, shortness of breath, racing heart, brain fog, sleep disturbances, and mental health issues.

Individuals who keep up with COVID-19 vaccinations are less likely to have a reinfection. When they do have reinfection, they are less likely to have severe infection.

Please get your COVID-19 bivalent vaccination as soon as possible. Most people under the age of 65 are recommended to get their booster six months after their last dose or following a COVID-19 infection. Individuals with 22q (called “DiGeorge syndrome” on the vaccination website) are considered “immunocompromised” and should have the bivalent vaccine 3 months from your last vaccination OR 3 months from your last COVID-19 infection.

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If you had your last COVID vaccination or infection before October 2022, please get your bivalent vaccination now!

Everyone who has 22q should also get the flu vaccine. It is safe to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot at the same time. To receive both the bivalent COVID-19 vaccination and flu shot, please book an appointment with a participating pharmacy. You can also ask at your pharmacy to see if they accept walk-ins.

Both COVID-19 Vaccine and Flu shots are available for walk-in patients at the Outpatient Pharmacy at Toronto General Hospital from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday. Please call them at (416) 340 4075 for more information.