MONTREAL — Quebec is offering an extra dose of mRNA vaccine to people who want to travel to countries that don't recognize their vaccination status.
The Health Department says it is making a third dose available because some countries don't recognize people as being fully vaccinated if they have received a mix of COVID-19 vaccines.
But health officials are warning that it's up to the recipient to seek advice and weigh the risks before getting an extra dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
A spokesman for the Health Department said today a third dose doesn't necessarily provide more protection compared with two doses, adding that the safety of receiving three doses of different vaccines is unclear.
Quebec is reporting 75 new cases of COVID-19 today along with 223 new infections from Friday and Saturday.
Health officials are reporting one death attributed to the novel coronavirus since Friday's report, and they say the number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 was 67 — stable since Friday.
Robert Maranda, a spokesman for the Health Department, says there are no studies that assess the impact of receiving three doses and mixing vaccines.
"The person should be properly counselled to be informed of the potential risks associated with this added dose compared to the benefits of the planned trip," he said in an email.
"It is up to everyone to weigh the balance of risks and benefits."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.
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Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version stated that Quebec was offering the extra dose only to recipients of AstraZeneca vaccine.