COVID-19 vaccine: the new booster dose open to all

COVID-19 vaccine: the new booster dose open to all

Anyone who received a last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine more than 5 months ago can now get a booster dose. “Vaccination is very important, but it does not last forever,” said Dr. Luc Boileau at a press conference this Friday.

“It’s available now [via Clic santé]. Some adjustments have been requested in the vaccination centers.”

The director of public health, however, estimates that it is necessary to wait approximately three months after an infection with COVID-19 before going to get this new dose.

He took the opportunity to remind parents that vaccination has been open to children from 6 months to 4 years old since Monday. Vaccination remains at the free choice of the parents. “It is especially important for vulnerable or immunocompromised children,” according to the doctor.

If the date of arrival of new vaccines better adapted to the variants is unknown, current vaccines still make it possible to protect against a serious evolution of COVID-19.

The 7th wave stabilizes

The 7th wave “seems to have reached a plateau”, also underlined Dr. Boileau. The number of cases during this 7th wave was higher than expected, he said. He also recalls the need to “continue our efforts and continue and continue to be vigilant even in summer”. A drop in cases is expected over the next few days.

The national director of public health said he understood “that Quebecers are experiencing pandemic fatigue”.

“The pandemic is not over, he however expressed. Living with the virus does not mean living as if there were no virus. It means resuming normal activities, wearing your mask when you can, maintaining distances, favoring well-ventilated spaces or outdoors.

He also repeated the importance of taking a rapid test in case of symptoms and repeating it two days later if negative. The director of public health recalled that the period of contagion – and therefore of isolation to be respected – is 10 days.

The return of the wearing of the compulsory mask is still not envisaged to date.

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