Quebecers may have to be injected with a third dose of the vaccine next fall, depending on the evolution of variables, believes the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dube.
And in an interview with 98.5 Friday, he noted that he “wouldn’t be surprised by that.”
“With the pandemic continuing around the world, I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere this fall we had to give a third dose,” he explained.
Pfizer / BioNTech announced Thursday that it plans to request “in the coming weeks” permission for a third dose of its vaccine against COVID-19, in the United States and Europe in particular.
It was said that “initial study data showing that a booster dose given six months after the second dose has a consistent safety profile, while extracting high levels of neutralizing antibodies” against the virus, including against the beta variant, appeared in South Africa.
3e However, the dose should be the subject of a public health recommendation, Minister Christian Dube said.
“We have proven that our vaccinations can be very effective. The important thing is to have 1Return and 2e dose. And when we move on to the next step, we’ll see what we can do.”
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