Quebec provides additional doses for travelers whose vaccination status is not recognized
The Quebec government is providing additional doses of mRNA vaccines for people who want to travel to countries that do not recognize their vaccination status.
The Ministry of Health stated that it is providing a third dose of the vaccine because some countries do not recognize that people who have been vaccinated with the mixed COVID-19 vaccine have been fully vaccinated. But officials warned on Monday that the recipient should seek advice and weigh the risks before receiving a third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
A health ministry spokesperson said in an email on Monday that the third dose may not provide more protection than two doses.
Robert Maranda said that there are no studies evaluating the effects of receiving two different vaccines at three doses. He wrote: “Compared with the benefits of planning a trip, this person should be properly informed of the potential risks associated with increased dose.”
“Everyone needs to weigh risks and benefits.”
Quebec reported 75 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and 223 new infections on Friday and Saturday. There are 814 active reported cases in the province. Health officials reported that since Friday’s report, 1 person has died of the new coronavirus, and they said that the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized was 67 — which has remained stable since Friday.
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At the same time, Premier Francois Legault announced on Monday that his government is relaxing more regulations on bars, nightclubs, festivals and entertainment venues.
Legault said on Twitter that starting from Sunday, bars and nightclubs can provide an extra hour of drinks until 1 am, and must be closed before 2 am. The festival will be able to hold a maximum of 15,000 people outside—increasing from 5,000. The indoor venue can accommodate up to 7,500 people sitting indoors, which is higher than 3,500 people. However, dancing is still prohibited.
The Quebec Institute of Public Health stated that 83.5% of residents 12 years of age and older received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 62.5% were considered adequately vaccinated.
NACI says there is no evidence that a third dose is needed
Currently in Canada, Guiding advice A statement from the country’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) stated, “There is currently no evidence that a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is required after the vaccine series is completed.”
However, NACI does recommend that different vaccines be replaced with different doses in some cases.
The advisory body called for the same mRNA vaccine to be used for the second dose if possible, but if the first vaccine is not available, another mRNA vaccine “can be considered interchangeable.”
NACI also recommends that a second dose of AstraZeneca or COVISHIELD vaccine or mRNA vaccine can be provided to people who have received AstraZeneca or COVISHIELD for the first time. It states that due to emerging safety evidence and the possibility of a better immune response, the mRNA option is actually preferred as the second dose.
Currently, the vaccine Approved for use in Canada Including two versions of AstraZeneca injections, as well as injections produced by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.