(Ottawa) Conservatives are urging the Liberal government to do more to ensure that Canadians who have received two different doses of vaccines can travel abroad safely.
Conservative Health spokeswoman Michelle Rempel Garner wrote a letter to Secretary Patti Hajdu, citing several cases of Canadians who have been denied entry to some countries due to the combination vaccine status.
In the absence of clear federal instructions, regional health authorities have begun discussing the possibility of providing a third dose to Canadians who need to travel where their immunization status is not recognized, Calgary Representative Nose Hill says.
Thus the Quebec government is providing an additional dose of the messenger RNA vaccine to people who wish to travel to a country that does not recognize their “mixed” vaccine status. On Monday, the ministry said that giving a third dose remains an “exceptional procedure for people who have planned necessary travel outside the country, in the short term, and who must meet the requirements for vaccination.”
NSI However, Rempel Garner specifies in his letter that the Quebec Ministry of Health is warning travelers that the safety of this practice has not been clearly established and that they should seek advice to assess the risks of a third dose of the vaccine. To mRNA – Pfizer – BioNTech or Moderna.
So the conservative member calls on the federal government to publish guidelines for the third dose so Canadians can make safe and informed choices. While waiting for data to support the third dose, she believes the Canadian government should issue a plan to achieve global recognition of the mixed vaccination status.
“Canadians have listened to your advice and have been vaccinated. The least you can do now is tell them what your government is doing to ensure that overseas vaccination status is recognized,” she wrote in the letter to Minister Hajdu.
Earlier this week, Ontario’s Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, also urged Ottawa to work with the World Health Organization to ensure that Canadians who have received mixed immunizations are recognized in the “foreigner” as “fully immunized.”
The United States has been reluctant to allow the Moderna vaccine to be given followed by the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, or vice versa. Also, many European countries do not recognize the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine made in India at the Serum Institute, which may affect Canadians who have received this product. Several cruise lines have also said they will not accept passengers with a mixed vaccination status on board.
Minister Hajdu’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Mr. Hajdu.I Rimble Garner.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland are among the many Canadians who have received two different vaccines – Oxford-AstraZeneca in the first dose and Moderna in the second. NSI Freeland said last week that the advice for Canadians to get mixed doses is based on science, citing research that has shown even giving two different doses offers superior protection.
“As Finance Minister, I attended the G20 meeting in Italy earlier this month and my mixed vaccination case was certainly identified there,” she told reporters in a virtual address at Whitehorse.
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