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The Quebec government is offering an extra dose of mRNA vaccine to people who want to travel to countries that don’t recognize their vaccination status.
The Health Department says it is making a third dose available because some countries don’t recognize people as being fully vaccinated if they have received a mix of COVID-19 vaccines. But officials warned Monday it’s up to the recipient to seek advice and weigh the risks before getting a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
A spokesman for the Health Department said in an email Monday a third dose doesn’t necessarily provide more protection compared with two doses.
Robert Maranda says there are no studies that assess the impact of receiving three doses of two separate vaccines. “The person should be properly counselled to be informed of the potential risks associated with this added dose compared to the benefits of the planned trip,” he wrote.
“It is up to everyone to weigh the balance of risks and benefits.”