Quebec to Extend Delay for Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccines

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Quebec to Extend Delay for Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccines

At a press conference in Montreal, Quebec’s minister of health Christian Dubé provides an update on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in the province. He is joined by Dr. Richard Massé, strategic medical advisor with Quebec’s public health department, as well as by Daniel Paré, director of Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Minister Dubé says that Quebec’s public-health experts now recommend delaying the administration of the vaccine’s second dose from 42 to 90 days after the first dose, to quickly vaccinate as many vulnerable people as possible. At the federal level, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) now recognizes that, in exceptional circumstances, authorities may consider a 42-day interval before the administration of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines’ second dose. (January 14, 2021) (no interpretation)