Quebecers who have received a dose of AstraZeneca and Oxford will be able to get a second dose sooner than expected — eight weeks after the first dose.
For example, Health Minister Christian Dube said anyone who received their first dose before April 3 could get their second dose as early as this weekend. The vaccine will be provided on an outpatient basis.
The county initially planned to introduce the second doses 12 weeks after the first shot, not eight.
The change is based on a recommendation from the county vaccination committee (CIQ). The most recent data, Dubey said, shows the decrease in effectiveness of the second shot is “marginal” if it is taken at the eight-week mark.
“If you want to wait a full twelve weeks, you can do that, and that would be the best advice,” Dubey told reporters on Thursday.
If someone says’ I want to wipe this off and get my second dose, ‘I say,’ Let’s do it. ”
The Click Sante website It’s being updated to let people know where they can go to get the second shot, he said.
The minister said the province currently has 150,000 doses of AstraZeneca on hand. Nearly half a million Quebecers received an injection of this vaccine.
Dube said he expects another delivery by the end of next week, and is confident that anyone who wants to receive the vaccine for their second dose will be able to do so.
Research suggests that the chances of severe blood clots associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine are much lower after the second dose than after the first.
Those who have received AstraZeneca will also have the option to get another vaccine for their second dose.
The minister emphasized, however, that people who choose a different vaccine the second time around may suffer more severe cases of fatigue, headache and fever.
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Raise the second dose of other vaccines
Those who have received other vaccines for their first dose will likely be able to increase their second dose starting June 7, Dubi said, and the rescheduling will be based on the priority groups.
The county is expected to reveal a timetable next week. You should specify the exact dates when people from certain groups are eligible to go and look for an expedited appointment.
“That’s a lot of work for Click Santi,” said Dobby.
The Minister also provided an update on the vaccination campaign.
While the county’s vaccination rate is rising rapidly, it would like 75 percent of people ages 18 to 40 to receive their first dose, before the county moves to administer the second dose.
“I would like to remind young people, between the ages of 18 and 40, to feel free to make an appointment in the coming days,” Dube said.
“We still have a target for all age groups to be at least 75 percent.”