At a press conference Monday, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that as of Tuesday, July 6, Quebecers will be able to move up their second vaccine dose appointment to a date between four and eight weeks following their first dose if they so choose.
Vaccine manufacturers recommend a minimum of four weeks between doses, the minister said.
He added that though Quebec public health officials still recommend a period of eight weeks between doses, they're giving "latitude" to residents to make their own decision about the interval — especially, Dubé continued, in light of the "threat" of coronavirus variants.
The move marks the second time that the government has allowed Quebecers to advance their second dose appointments.
In June, the government of Quebec cut the recommended interval between first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from 16 to eight weeks.
According to the government website, the portal will prompt Quebecers to submit their first and last name, birthdate, the date of their first vaccine dose, the name of the vaccine they received, and their health insurance number.
The government notes, however, that the service will only work for people whose parents are registered with RAMQ.
There's an option to mark one parent as "unknown."
"Work is ongoing to make an electronic proof of vaccination available to the entire vaccinated population," it says.
Moreover, people under 14 won't be able to download theirs.
If you got the Pfizer vaccine for your first dose, you can look forward to moving up your appointment for your second dose. But, right now, everyone else has to wait.
Quebec's Department of Health confirmed in a press release on Monday that "for the time being, the option to advance the administration of the second dose is only available for those who have received the first dose of Pfizer's vaccine."