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Update by the provincial government regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

Here is a status report on the recent decisions and actions of the provincial government in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Luc Boileau, National Director of Public Health, Dr. Marie-France Raynault, Senior Strategic Medical Advisor of the Direction générale de la santé publique du ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, and Caroline Quach-Thanh, pediatrician, microbiologist-infection diseases specialist at CHU Sainte-Justine, full professor at the Université de Montréal and Chair of the Québec Immunization Committee (CIQ), reported on the COVID-19 situation in Québec.

Moving the vaccine schedule forward

Adults 18 years and older will be able to make an appointment for a booster dose starting Wednesday, August 24.

“The vaccination campaign is going well, even very well, but there is room for appointments. Today we are moving this option forward so that all 18 years and older can make an appointment,” pointed out Dr. Boileau.

Young children will be eligible to make an appointment for their booster dose the middle of next week.

Appointments are made on the Clic Santé platform.

Public Health recommends receiving a new dose five months after your last dose, regardless of the number of doses received to date.

However, a person who has had COVID-19 must wait three months after the disease to obtain a new booster dose.

New vaccine within two weeks

The bivalent vaccine adapted for the different strains of the Omicron variant should be available within two weeks.

Public Health does not recommend waiting for this new vaccine to get a booster shot.

As soon as it is available, it will be offered automatically in all appointment centres.

For now, it will only be available for adults 18 years and older.