The first Quebecers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will have to wait 42 to 90 days before receiving the second dose, public health ruled.
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Despite the advice of the federal government, which recommends administering the second dose no later than six weeks after the first, Quebec will take the risk of extending this interval even further, up to three months, our parliamentary office has learned.
This is what the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, is expected to confirm at 1 p.m. during a press conference with the director of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Quebec, Daniel Paré, and the right arm of Dr. Arruda, Richard Massé.
Faced with a limited vaccine stock, Quebec will argue that this is the best strategy to save as many lives as possible.
Give a boost now
The Legault government wants to boost the bar now by administering a first dose of vaccine to as many vulnerable people as possible.
However, the sooner the vaccines are delivered to Quebec, the less time it will take between the administration of the first and second dose, a source said.
In all cases, all those who received a first dose will eventually receive their booster dose.
To ensure optimal immunization, the pharmaceutical companies prescribe a delay between the administration of the two doses of three weeks with the vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech, and four weeks with that of Moderna.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister François Legault raised the possibility of administering the second dose more quickly than expected to avoid compromising future deliveries. Discussions between the two levels of government and vaccine manufacturers have since taken place.
More details to come …