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Good news for parents in a hurry: Those who wish to advance their child's second dose of COVID-19 vaccine within the scheduled eight weeks can do so, as long as an interval of at least three weeks is respected, learned The Journal .
As announced Tuesday by the first Minister, when a child receives their first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, the appointment for their second dose is automatically scheduled eight weeks later. & nbsp;
This is in fact the deadline recommended by both the Quebec Immunization Committee (CIQ) and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) at the federal level. & Nbsp;
The manufacturer of the vaccine, however, prescribes a delay of only three weeks for children aged five to 11.
Once verified, nothing prevents a parent from favoring the interval suggested by the manufacturer, even if experience, especially in adults, has shown greater efficacy when eight weeks separated the two doses. & Nbsp;
“If a parent requests a closer date, that request will be accepted.” The parent can also go himself on Clic Santé and advance the appointment, ”confirmed to our Parliamentary Bureau the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Marie-Hélène Émond. No specific reason or reason is required to proceed. & Nbsp;
It is that officially, “according to the Protocol of immunization of Quebec, the minimum interval required between the two doses is 21 days”, she specified.
This news should be greeted with relief by many parents, including those wishing to plan a trip this winter with a child who is currently 11 years old, but who will be 12 years old at the time of the trip.
Remember that for 12 years and over, proof of vaccination is required to travel by train or plane to Canada, and it is only after two doses that a person is considered to be adequately vaccinated.
The eight-week interval is also an issue for hockey players born in 2010 who hope to receive their two doses in time for the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, scheduled for February 9 to 20, 2022. & nbsp;
An email had also been sent to parents urging them to have their child vaccinated no later than December 8 so that they could enjoy the tournament. But in some cases, dates were only possible after that date. & Nbsp;
“This is very good news. I think it's going to please a bunch of kids, “said tournament general manager Patrick Dom. & Nbsp;
” It's a race against time as we speak. Added Mr. Dom, whose organization will have 4,000 proofs of double vaccination to manage before the start of the tournament.
< p>At the time of writing, more than 163,000 appointments for the vaccine offered to 5 to 11 year olds had been made via Clic Santé, which represents a quarter of the 650,000 eligible children in Quebec.
At the office of the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, we rely on the judgment of parents and Public Health regarding the possibility of bringing forward the second dose, while recalling that the eight-week interval recommended by the CIQ allows maximum efficiency.
“This is a personal decision of the parents,” commented Minister Dubé's press secretary, Marjaurie Côté-Boileau. & nbsp;
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