Many readers have asked us the same question: What about the vaccine doses received in Florida?
“Given that vaccines used in the United States have been licensed in Canada, all doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the United States are considered valid,” replied Robert Maranda, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services (MSSS). …
Thus, people who have already received two doses are considered “reasonably protected”. For those who have received only the first dose, vaccination will be completed in Quebec, following the interval between doses recommended here (at least 28 days, and ideally 16 weeks).
If the vaccine received in the first dose is not available locally at the time of vaccination, a different product can be used, ideally the same technology, the ministry said. For example, a person who has received a messenger RNA vaccine (eg from Pfizer and Moderna) should receive a dose of another messenger RNA vaccine “if possible”.
In addition, information on vaccines received in the United States will be entered into the Quebec Vaccine Registry, a computerized system in which all vaccines received here are already registered. “MSSS is currently working on an easier way to help people register vaccines,” says Mr Maranda.
He assures that the ministry is also ready for the possibility of obtaining fake vaccination certificates. “Our teams can validate American vaccine evidence. However, for vaccines not obtained in Canada or the United States, this issue is still being studied.
Why not in the Book of Health?
Christian Picard of Boucherville recently lost a famous piece of paper confirming his first dose, which he was given at a vaccination center, with a recommendation to keep it in a safe place.
Realizing that he had no other proof of vaccination, he had a reflex to check his medical record, a government file available on the Internet that includes a lot of medical information (sample and medical imaging results, list of medications, meetings with family doctor, etc.). However, Mr Picard saw no trace of his April 14 Pfizer vaccine. Finally he found his precious piece in a stack of banknotes and put it in his wallet, but the question remains.
“Why don’t we have automatic confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination in our medical record? He asked us.
Indeed, why not?
As the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), which runs Carnet santé, notes, it “brings your health information together in one place, accessible from everywhere.”
The results of screening tests for COVID-19 have also been visible there without delay since the beginning of March. Why not add proof of vaccination against the virus?
In response to this question, the Ministry of Health instead informed us of its Quebec Vaccine Registry, a computerized system in which all vaccines received by humans in Quebec must be registered.
“Any vaccination, regardless of whether it is included in the state system or not, must be entered in the vaccination register,” emphasizes ministry spokesman Robert Maranda.
The good news is that the official record of vaccine doses received against COVID-19 is kept on government computer servers.
Less good news is that this information is not available to individuals.
According to the ministry, only “stakeholders in the health network,” including doctors and nurses, can use this register to access a person’s vaccination history.
Public health authorities can also use this tool for various aspects of an immunization campaign, including quickly communicating with those affected by a recall of a vaccine batch.
“We are talking about the digital transformation of this information,” summed up Mr. Maranda, adding that Minister of Health Cristian Dubet has requested a recommendation from the General Directorate of Public Health on this issue.
“I have asked for digital evidence instead of paper evidence as soon as possible,” Minister Dubé assured at a press briefing on Thursday. “I’ve always said that I want us to have a QR code as soon as possible that we could have on our phone so that we can receive it by e-mail. ”
However, this digital proof will only be the first step, the minister said. Then ethical questions will arise related to situations in which this evidence can be used. Quebec asked the national director of public health D.R Horatio Arruda to “go into great detail” with his team, Mr Dubet said.
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