A further booster dose is now recommended for the general population five months after receiving a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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“Vaccination is very important, but it does not last forever. Have you been vaccinated for five months? Come and get your booster dose”, launched the national director of public health, Luc Boileau.
However, people who have contracted COVID-19 in the past few months are advised to wait three months after infection before receiving a new dose of vaccine.
The national director of public health also reminded parents that children from six months to four years old can receive their first dose since Monday.
A seventh wave stronger than expected
In the middle of the holiday period, Public Health is urging the population to be cautious in the face of COVID, while positive cases are still on the rise.
“I am very aware that we are in the middle of summer, it is the holidays, and COVID is the last thing we want to hear about. But it remains worrying, ”said Dr. Luc Boileau, national director of public health, in a press briefing on Friday.
On Friday, 1,460 new cases detected by PCR tests had been reported. A total of 2,176 people were also hospitalized with COVID. The majority of these, however, presented to hospital with another medical condition, where they were later tested positive.
“The good news is that even if the transmission remains high, the situation tends to stabilize,” said Dr. Boileau.
He reiterated his message of the last few weeks, namely that wearing a mask remains an effective tool, to favor large spaces and airy places, to do a quick test in the event of symptoms and to isolate oneself if it is proves positive. Vaccination is also still required.
“The pandemic is not over. Living with the virus does not mean living as if there were none,” said Dr. Boileau.
For the moment, however, he rules out the idea of reimposing health restrictions, believing that they are not necessary despite the current situation.