MONTREAL — Quebec residents who have recovered from COVID-19 can get a second shot of vaccine if they need to travel.
The province considers people who have had COVID-19 and a single dose of vaccine to be adequately vaccinated, but the federal government requires people receive two doses of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine to return to Canada without having to isolate for two weeks.
The Health Department said in a news release on Monday that people who have already had COVID-19 and one dose can get a second one if they plan to travel to countries that require tourists be vaccinated with two doses.
Quebec's immunization committee says people who have recovered from COVID-19 generally have a higher level of antibodies against the virus after a single shot of vaccine compared to people who have never had the disease but have had two doses.
It adds that while there is a near absence of additional protection from a second dose for people who have had the disease, there are no additional dangers.
Quebec is reporting 54 new cases of COVID-19 today and no new deaths linked to the novel coronavirus. Health officials say hospitalizations dropped by three, to 85, and 25 people were in intensive care, unchanged from the prior day.
Authorities say 86,640 doses of vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours and the province's public health institute says about 47.5 per cent of residents over 12 are considered fully vaccinated.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 13, 2021.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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