mixed vaccine doses

Canadians who've received two doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be permitted to travel to the United States next month, according to new reports.

On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that travellers will be able to fly into the country as long as they've received vaccines approved by the World Health Organization or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Federal government officials are trying to get people with mixed vaccines recognized as fully vaccinated by the U.S. and discussions are also happening with other nations around the world.

Dr. Theresa Tam said that Canada has presented information to the U.S. on how mixed vaccine doses and stretched intervals between doses are working here along with data about efficacy and safety, particularly for an AstraZeneca dose followed by an mRNA vaccine dose.

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Federal officials say the government is implementing an "international engagement strategy" to encourage other countries to accept Canadian travellers who have received mixed COVID-19 vaccine doses.

In a statement shared with Narcity, a spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said the plan hopes to encourage international partners to "recognize people in Canada who have received mixed vaccine schedules or extended dose intervals as being 'fully vaccinated.'"

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