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A Third Dose Of A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Now Recommended For Some People In Quebec

Including people living in long-term care facilities and people with compromised immune systems.

A Third Dose Of A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Now Recommended For Some People In Quebec

Quebec has announced that it's recommending a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for some people in the province.

The government suggests that the following individuals get another dose:

  • "people on dialysis;
  • "certain people with a weakened immune system, including those:
    • "receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy;
    • "taking medication that affects their immune system;
    • "living with HIV who have a CD4 cell count lower than 500 / mm3 or who are not on treatment;"
  • "residents of residential and long-term care centres (CHSLD) and intermediate and family-type resources (RI-RTF);"
  • and "people living in private seniors' residences (RPA)."

"Administering an additional dose, ideally of a messenger RNA vaccine, provides better protection against COVID-19 where there is widespread circulation of the Delta variant," the government states online.

A third dose should be administered "four weeks or more" after a second dose. People living in private seniors' residences, CHSLDs and RI-RTF should get their third dose six months after their second, the government says.
The additional dose is needed even if the individual was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past.

Individuals may go to a walk-in vaccination clinic or make an appointment on the Clic Santé portal.