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Quebec changes COVID-19 vaccine strategy, won’t hold back doses for booster shots


MONTREAL — #Quebec is changing its COVID-19 vaccine strategy in order to inoculate as many people as possible instead of holding back doses for booster shots.

MONTREAL — #Quebec is changing its COVID-19 vaccine strategy in order to inoculate as many people as possible instead of holding back doses for booster shots.

The #Health #Department said today it plans to use all the doses it has received — and those it expects to receive in the coming weeks — to more quickly inoculate priority groups.

#Quebec says vaccine-maker #Pfizer had requested the province reserve half the doses as booster shots for those already vaccinated. #That strategy had been criticized by health experts who said the province’s vaccine rollout was taking too long.

The province has so far received 87,000 doses of vaccine — 55,000 doses from #Pfizer-BioNTech and 32,500 from #Moderna — and has administered 29,250 injections.

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#Meanwhile, #Quebec #City’s regional health authority says almost 100 people at a long-term care home — both residents and staff — have tested positive for COVID-19 after they were vacinated. The #Saint-Antoine long-term care home was the site of the first COVID-19 vaccination in #Canada.

#Dr. #Gaston #De #Serres, the chief physician of the scientific immunization group at #Quebec’s national public health institute, says it can take up to 14 days for someone to develop immunity to COVID-19 after receiving a vaccine.

#Quebec exceeded the 200,000 COVID-19 case mark today after officials reported a record 2,819 new infections. The province also reported 62 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including 22 that occurred in the past 24 hours.

#Quebec has reported a total of 202,641 COVID-19 cases and 8,226 deaths linked to the virus.

#This report by The #Canadian #Press was first published #Dec. 31, 2020.

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

The #Canadian #Press



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