Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Quebec needs three shots for ‘adequate protection’ for those who have got COVID-19, urged to boost as soon as possible

MONTREAL — Quebec Public Health issued new directives to boost people “as soon as possible” including those recently diagnosed with COVID-19, as the province prepares to make a minimum of three doses that should Considered “adequately protected”.

Quebec announced the upcoming changes in Wednesday’s press release, as it prepares to open eligibility for a third dose to all Quebec adults on Friday.

Quebec’s vaccine passport would require three doses to enter state-owned liquor and cannabis retailers as well as restaurant dining rooms, bars and other environments that are currently closed.

However, the release did not explicitly specify when the change would take place.

“When the entire population has had the opportunity to receive their booster dose, the ‘adequately protected’ status for vaccine passports will increase to three doses,” the news release read.

‘As soon as possible,’ even if you’re sick

“Within the current epidemiological context, it is recommended that all people who wish, including those who have recently had COVID-19, be able to receive a booster dose against COVID-19 as soon as possible,” the release Read.

“People who have contracted COVID-19 will be able to receive a booster dose as soon as their illness is cured, that is, when the symptoms are gone.”

It marks a change in public health guidance from the province. As of Wednesday, the government’s online booking portal, Clic Santé, is still advising people to wait “eight weeks after the onset of your symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test” before scheduling an appointment for a third dose of the vaccine. Was.

CTV News has asked the Ministry of Health and Social Services to clarify on the new recommendation.

COVID-19 variant ‘dual surge’: Doctor

While it is not clear how much immunity a person can acquire after catching any one form of COVID-19, the presence of more than one muddies the waters.

While a significant portion of Quebec’s population fell ill with COVID-19 during the province’s explosive and ongoing Omicron wave, the previously dominant delta variant was still circulating.

As community transmission increased, and tests became more difficult, it is not so easy to say, at this point, who got Delta and who got Omicron.

An infectious disease specialist at McGill University Health Center, Dr. Donald Vinh said it is still unclear whether antibodies from Delta infection will protect against the Omicron variant, and early data from South Africa suggests they will not.

“And so we don’t want to group these two groups of people together,” he told CTV News. “The purpose of the third dose is to protect you from the most commonly circulating version.”

Vinh said that, in an ideal world where everyone knows what type they have contracted, the vaccination deadline would be different for each group.

“We don’t think that if you become infected with Omicron, you can get reinfected with Omicron in the short term,” he said, adding that period is estimated to last about four to six weeks, but we can still be sure. Can’t be because “we don’t have the data.”

“So for instructions on saying if you’ve had a recent infection, once your symptoms are gone, then take your booster dose, I think there’s a bit of an intellectual thought process here.”

With files from Joe Lofaro of CTV Montreal


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