March 22, 2023

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A third dose of the vaccine is possible for travelers

A third dose of the vaccine is possible for travelers

The Quebec government confirms that a third dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 can be obtained and that it is “necessary” to travel abroad. The decision to consider, however, he dictates.

In recent days, travelers have lamented the inability to travel abroad, as some countries and cruise ship companies have refused to accommodate passengers who have received two or some different COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines that are not unanimous. However, nationwide, about three million people have received a combination of different vaccines, According to recent federal government data.

Therefore, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) on Saturday confirmed that “this will allow messenger RNA vaccine to be given” extraordinarily “to those who need to travel outside the country” exceptionally. ” And received the messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer or Modernna) in the second dose.

Quebecs who have received two doses of the covi shield vaccine will also be able to receive an additional dose of the vaccine, this time from the ARN messenger. Currently, the Kovshield, which represents the Indian version of Astrogenica, is not authorized in some European countries, although it is approved by the World Health Organization.

International recognition

The Legalt government is doing its part to ensure that people who receive two doses or a combination of vaccines with the covi shield vaccine have “better protection against COVID-19”. “Mixed schedule including viral vector vaccine and an RNA [messager] It has been accepted as fully valid in Quebec and Canada, ”assured Mary-Helen Ommond, MSSS Public Affairs Adviser.

However, there is no “international consensus” on the issue, Quebec noted. “Therefore it is possible to get an overdose if the vaccines received in Canada are not detected in the country of visit. These individuals must be given an appointment to be repaired or come on foot,” Mr said.To me Omond.

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The Legalt government is currently in “negotiations” with the federal government so that action can be taken abroad in favor of the “broad” recognition of the Astrogenica and Kovshield vaccines, as well as the “mixed schedule”, the MSSS spokesman said.

Side effects

However, the Quebec government is urging travelers to think twice before taking the third dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine.

“This measure is extraordinary, and the person should be informed of the potential dangers associated with this extra dose compared to the benefits of the planned trip. There is currently no study to assess the effectiveness of this overdose ”, indicates An update of its website.

Interview at To stay Virologist Benoit Barbeau confirmed on Saturday that it is currently unclear how the body will respond to a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine compared to the previous two.

“If you get a third dose you will probably have some side effects [secondaires] Is different. This opportunity will always be there, ”he urged. However, the professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at UQAM does not believe that “there is an exceptional risk of receiving a third dose”. “The third dose may cause side effects, but I suspect they need hospitalization,” he said.

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