The many Quebecers doubly vaccinated with AstraZeneca will finally be able to enter the United States as early as next month as the country has changed its travel rules.
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” It’s great ! I won’t have to worry anymore. I would have regretted being penalized because of the brand of my vaccine, ”rejoices Guylaine Larouche, a 64-year-old snowbird fully immune to AstraZeneca.
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Until recently, the Saguenéenne planned to receive doses of another vaccine so that she could spend the next winter in Pompano Beach, Florida.
The United States will lift restrictions in place since March 2020 on international air travel for fully vaccinated people on November 1.
Vaccine not approved
However, there was doubt as to whether tourists immunized with AstraZeneca would be able to take advantage of these reductions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still not having approved this vaccine.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the news on Monday, La Presse reported. canadian.
For Dr. François Marquis, head of intensive care at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, the United States made this decision according to “a pharmaco-economic calculation”.
“They were afraid of having an influx of tourists at risk – retirees – of clogging the health system in a state like Florida, already hard hit by COVID,” says the expert, but ” we now know that the AstraZeneca vaccine protects very well ”.
“Because Quebeckers’ money is clear that they want it,” he emphasizes.
What about land borders?
It remains to be seen whether the land borders will open at the same time as the new regulations come into force in November.
But the CDC’s announcement bodes well, travelers believe.
“We were supposed to be in New York at the moment, but we were delayed because of the border closures and the vaccine of my wife Hélène who has a double dose of AstraZeneca”, says Pierre Nadeau, 69, from Saint- Michel-de-Bellechasse. We are overjoyed to think that we will finally be able to make your trip! If all goes well, we leave for the New York region on the morning of November 12, ”he says.