COVID-19 vaccine: Quebec halves interval between first and second doses to 8 weeks

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MONTREAL — Quebec is shortening the interval between first and second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines to eight weeks from 16.

The Health Department made the announcement today in a news release. Last week, Quebec shortened the interval between doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to eight weeks.

Health Minister Christian Dubé is scheduled to present a plan later today that would allow people to reschedule second-dose appointments.

Meanwhile, health officials are reporting a 23-patient drop in COVID-19-related hospitalizations, for a total of 317, including 68 people in intensive care, a drop of nine from the previous reporting period.

Officials are also reporting 267 new COVID-19 infections today — the fourth consecutive day new daily cases dropped below 300 — and six more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including one within the previous 24 hours.

The province says 85,230 doses of vaccine were administered Wednesday, for a total of 5,808,464; about 62.7 per cent of Quebecers have received at least one dose.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 3, 2021.


This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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