The second doses of Moderna and AstraZeneca can be increased: Dubé – –

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The second doses of Moderna and AstraZeneca can be increased: Dubé – –


Quebecers who have received the Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines can now bring their appointments forward for their second dose.

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Quebeckers are lucky enough to get some sort of free insurance against serious illnesses, and that is to be doubly vaccinated against COVID-19, Health Minister Christian Dubé said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference in Montreal, Dubé said we are fortunate in Quebec to have access to vaccines that can save lives and prevent serious illness. Although the epidemiological situation looks good at the moment, with the lowest number of daily cases reported since August, there is still a possibility of a fourth wave. This time, that wave may take the form of the Delta variant of the virus, also known as B.1.617.2, which has been identified in India. Dubé said Quebeckers now have three months to get fully immunized, and if the province meets its goal of vaccinating 75 percent of its population by August, that will help prevent another health care disaster.

“Take insurance on your health,” Dubé told all Quebecers. “This insurance is available, and it’s free, and let’s be ready for whatever happens next fall. “

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Dubé and Director of Public Health Horacio Arruda stressed the importance of ensuring that Quebecers are doubly vaccinated, as the first dose of the vaccine is only 33 percent effective against the Delta variant. Those with two doses administered are approximately 90 percent protected.

Arruda said the Delta variant appears to be spreading more slowly in Quebec than in other parts of the country, but the situation could change quickly. He said the variant is more contagious and has a higher risk of hospitalization for those infected, which means it’s likely more deadly.

“Two hits is nothing compared to the impact of the disease,” he said,

The Minister of Health also announced that Quebecers who have received the Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines can now bring their appointments forward for their second dose.

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Dubé said that according to the most recent vaccine delivery schedules, anyone who has received the vaccines developed by these drug companies can now receive a second dose eight weeks after the first dose, up from 16 weeks previously. Anyone who received a Pfizer vaccine had previously been eligible to increase their second dose of vaccine. Appointments can be made on the clicsanté.ca website.

Dubé added that anyone who took AstraZeneca for the first dose and wants to switch to Moderna or Pfizer can do so, although for logistical reasons they cannot choose which of the two mRNA vaccinations they will receive.

About 14% of Quebecers have now received two doses of a vaccine. Among the 12 to 17 age group, 72 percent received their first dose or made an appointment to do so.

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Dubé expressed concern about people between the ages of 18 and 34, who seem to be more reluctant to get vaccinated. Only about 66% of people in this age group have been vaccinated or have made an appointment. Dubé said 170,000 people still need to be vaccinated to reach the 75 percent target for this age group.

“We can vaccinate all of these people in just two days, so please go make an appointment,” he said. “If you know someone around you who is not vaccinated, we all have a collective responsibility to encourage them to do so.

Dubé said he was particularly concerned that this age group is reaching 75% immunity, as this is the cohort that comes in contact with the most people.

He pointed out that 75% of people infected with the virus have not been vaccinated.

“I know it’s boring for those who have agreed to get the vaccine, but I think for (those who are reluctant to get the vaccine) their friends or parents should tell them to do it for themselves or to do it for the people they love around them. ”

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