Quebecers who’ve acquired a shot of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine will be capable to get their second dose earlier than anticipated.
Well being Minister Christian Dubé mentioned Thursday the second shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine can now be administered inside eight weeks of the primary one.
For instance, Dubé mentioned anybody who acquired their first dose previous to April 3 can get the second dose as early as this weekend. The vaccine might be made obtainable at walk-in clinics.
The province initially deliberate on offering the second doses inside a 12-week interval, not eight.
The change is predicated on a suggestion from the province’s immunization committee (CIQ). Dubé mentioned the newest information reveals that the drop within the second shot’s efficacy is “marginal” whether it is taken on the eight-week mark.
“If you wish to anticipate the total twelve weeks, you are able to do that, that might be the very best recommendation,” Dubé mentioned. “If somebody mentioned ‘I would like to clear this and get my second dose’, I say ‘let’s do it.'”
Anybody who acquired the AstraZeneca vaccine will even have the choice of getting one other vaccine for the second dose, the province has mentioned.
Dubé mentioned those that acquired different vaccines for his or her first dose will doubtless be capable to transfer up their second dose beginning June 7, and the rescheduling might be primarily based on precedence teams.
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