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.

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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.