Bivalent COVID vaccine available Thursday

Bivalent COVID vaccine available Thursday

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Quebec adults will be able to take advantage, starting Thursday, of Moderna's bivalent vaccine against COVID-19, which is more effective against the Omicron variant, said Public Health, which hopes that its arrival will encourage vaccination as part of the start of the school year.

“The message remains the same. It is important to receive the doses of vaccine against COVID recommended for your condition, to be the best protected possible”, however warned Dr. Luc Boileau, national director of public health, in a press briefing on Wednesday.

< p>In addition, children and adolescents 5 years and older are now eligible for the mass vaccination campaign, but with the old vaccine, the new one having been approved only for those 18 years and older.

Dr. Boileau recalled that the vaccines that are already available, and which will continue to be, are “very effective” in preventing hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19.

People whose last vaccine dates back more than five months or who have not had COVID in the last three months should take advantage of the booster dose, according to Public Health.

“We are entering the fall gradually, and the risks of having an increase in the circulation of current variants or new variants always increase,” warned Dr. Boileau.

In this regard, Public Health has noted a decrease in cases of COVID and hospitalizations, despite the start of the school year which has already begun. Fewer absences would also be recorded in the health network.

“The evolution of the situation is therefore very favourable, which is very positive for us. We are following all of this as usual,” revealed Dr. Boileau, who warns, however, that COVID cases could increase, with the drop in temperature and the return of indoor activities.