Vaccination for 5 to 11 year olds: patience still required before being able to anticipate the 2nd dose

Vaccination of 5-11 years: patience still required before being able to get ahead of the 2nd dose

MISE & Agrave; DAY

Despite a clear indication from the Ministry of Health, parents who wish to advance their child's second dose within the recommended eight weeks will have to wait a little longer before being able to proceed.

As previously reported in our pages, Quebec has decided to leave parents the freedom to advance their child's second dose of vaccine appointment if they wish, regardless of the reason, for example for a trip.

From the outset, the appointment for the booster dose is set eight weeks after the first, which corresponds to the interval recommended by the Quebec Immunization Committee with the vaccine offered to 5 to 11 & nbsp ; years.

But nothing prevents opting for a period of three weeks, equivalent to that prescribed by the manufacturer of the vaccine. It is moreover “& nbsp; the minimum required interval & nbsp;” by the Quebec Immunization Protocol.

“& nbsp; If a parent requests a closer appointment, this request will be accepted. The parent can also go himself on Clic Santé and advance the appointment “, confirmed Thursday the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Marie-Hélène Émond.

The CIUSSS advised

Many parents excited by this news and who tried it yesterday morning were unfortunately met with an inadmissibility on the part of their CIUSSS.

In most regions, the offer of appointments via Clic Santé is still limited to first dose appointments. Nothing to be done, therefore, at least until new appointment slots are released.

“& nbsp; We ask parents to remain patient,” replied the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, questioned about the difficulties encountered by many.

Ms. Émond assured that “all health facilities have been informed of this decision” to offer parents the option of moving ahead of their child's second dose.

“& nbsp; The teams will adapt. It will be done gradually & nbsp; ”, commented for his part the press secretary of the Minister of Health Christian Dubé, Marjaurie Côté-Boileau.

eight-week interval

Like Ms. Émond, however, she recalls that the eight-week interval maximizes the effectiveness of the vaccine.

“& nbsp; For children, what we recommend is is eight weeks & nbsp; “, also insists Dr. Gaston De Serres, medical consultant at the INSPQ.

” & nbsp; To wait four more weeks, it allows the immune system to complete its response to the first dose and to make the response to its second dose better “, he argued.

In adults, an improvement in efficacy of 5 to 10 & nbsp; % was observed with the two doses being eight weeks apart. & nbsp;

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