2-dose COVID-19 vaccine requirement not up to date, says Federal Public Health

The Federal Public Health Agency questions the Trudeau government's vaccination obligations, indicating that they are not up to date with scientific data.

2-dose COVID-19 vaccine requirement not up to date, says Federal Public Health

The Federal Public Health Agency questions the Trudeau government's vaccination obligations, indicating that they are not up to date with scientific data.

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“The policy is outdated,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, chief administrator of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

She explained that with only two doses of vaccine, as required by the federal government to board a plane or a train or even for public service workers, vaccination against COVID-19 is very ineffective after six months, at 20% or less efficiency. A third dose is therefore necessary, she said.

Ms. Tam nevertheless stressed that vaccination obligations are a matter of politics, and that the Public Health Agency prefers public awareness and recommendations.

Pressed with questions about whether vaccination requirements for travel or government work should be lifted or changed, Dr. Tam did not give a clear answer.

She nevertheless insisted on the marked reduction in pandemic activity in the country and the “remarkable” vaccination coverage, at least for the first two doses, two elements which, she said, should be taken into account by politicians. .

As for random testing at airports, Dr Tam argued in favor of them, explaining that they serve as an early warning system to detect new variants and trends. At present, three out of 300 people tested on arrival are positive.

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