Quebec’s health minister apologizes for ‘communication error’ regarding AstraZeneca 2nd shots

Quebec’s health minister is apologizing after the government appeared to change its advice regarding second doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

A message appeared on the province’s website Wednesday saying that people who received a first shot of AstraZeneca should get Pfizer or Moderna for their second doses because the vaccine combination is more effective than two shots of the same vaccine.

Christian Dubé told reporters Thursday that the message was a communication error and would be corrected.

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He says the government’s position is the same as it has always been: that people who received the AstraZeneca shot can get a Pfizer or Moderna booster if they wish, but are also welcome to get a second shot of the same vaccine.

Dubé said the government would also be forced to readjust its vaccine campaign for July after learning the province will receive about 600,000 fewer Pfizer doses than expected.

He said all the vaccine appointments already made for those weeks will be honoured, but there won’t be any more spots available in the first half of July for people hoping to move up the date for their second doses.

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