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.

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

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