Quebec adults will be able to take advantage of Moderna’s bivalent vaccine against COVID-19, which is more effective against the Omicron variant, starting Thursday, public health said, hoping its arrival will encourage a revaccination.
“The message remains the same. It’s important to get the recommended dose of the anti-Covid vaccine for your health, and it needs to be protected in the best possible way, cautioned T.R National Director of Public Health Luc Boileau at a press conference on Wednesday.
Additionally, children and adolescents 5 years and older are now eligible for the mass vaccination campaign, but with the old vaccine, the new vaccine is only approved for those 18 and older.
DR Boileau recalled that existing and ongoing vaccines are “very effective” in preventing hospitalizations and deaths associated with Covid-19.
According to Public Health, people whose last vaccination was more than five months ago or who have not had COVID in the past three months should take advantage of a booster dose.
“We are entering a gradual fall, and the risks of an increase in the circulation of current variants or new variants are ever-increasing,” D warned.R Boileau.
In this regard, Public Health noted that despite the start of the new academic year, the number of Covid cases and hospitalizations has decreased. A small number of absentees will be enrolled in the health network.
“So the development of the situation is very positive, which is very positive for us. We are following all this as usual,” T revealed.R However, Boileau warns that as temperatures drop and indoor activities return, the number of Covid-19 cases could increase.