Quebecans vaccinated abroad can now have their vaccinations recognized in Quebec. Those who have just received the first dose can sign up on the Cl Santa platform and receive the second dose by returning to the province.
Health Canada has approved four COVID-19 vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. “At the federal level, there are currently no decisions made on vaccines that are not approved in Canada,” explains Dr.re Caroline Quach-Thanh, President of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.
On the other hand, in Quebec, the Department of Health and Human Services (MSSS) is announcing that any vaccine “authorized in at least one country in the world” will be recognized in Quebec. Contacted DutyThe MSSS finally points out that only vaccines approved by WHO can be added to the Quebec vaccination registry.
Thus, the Quebec government is opening the door for recognition of people immunized with Indian Covishield vaccines and Chinese Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines, which have not yet been approved by Health Canada.
According to Caroline Kwach-Thanh, this does not pose an epidemiological problem. “If a product has been tested in Phase 3 and then licensed by a recognized regulatory authority, the vaccine must be as effective and safe as the Canadian approved vaccines. It is possible that some vaccines have not been submitted to Health Canada because this is not a market that [les compagnies pharmaceutiques] wanted to develop, ”she explains.
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In the event that the first dose vaccine is not available in Quebec, “a different product may be used,” says MSSS.
“We will have to do mix and matchfor which we obviously have no data. At this point, we can see that the AstraZeneca vaccine, followed by the Pfizer vaccine, or vice versa, seems to be working well. But it is possible that there are side effects associated with vaccination when mixing [vaccins différents] », Warns Dre Caroline Quach-Thanh.
According to the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ), the Quebec Immunization Committee, which advised the provincial government on the management of the vaccination campaign, “has not worked on this issue, nor has any other expert at INSPQ.”
Encourage vaccination tourism?
For Dre Quach Thanh, however, is not an open door for vaccine tourism, even if the Quebec government implicitly allows citizens to get vaccinated anywhere in the world.
“It’s not that we are running out of doses now. Maybe when there was a shortage of doses in Canada, there was vaccination tourism. But today anyone who wants to get vaccinated can be vaccinated, ”she said, adding that there are still“ enough hurdles ”with the health restrictions imposed on travelers.