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Entry with Mixed vaccines

I have had one Pfizer jab and one Moderna. I’m from B.C., Canada and mixing has gotten more people vaccinated. Unfortunately it seems France will not accept this. Is there anyone who has experience entering France with mixed vaccines? I am afraid I may have to cancel my trip again!

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Just commenting as a reminder to follow. I'm in the same boat, my first jab was Astra and my second was Pfizer and now worrying about who will accept me next year so I can start planning something for somewhere. With a Canadian federal election likely this Fall, I'm not confident that getting Canadians access to other countries will be a priority for our government.

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Is it possible to follow up and get a second shot of one of the vaccines? Not familiar with Canadian healthcare.....

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The problem with getting a third jab, is that I do not believe any regulatory agency has approved or recommended that option, so any good Doctor would be reluctant to do that.

Of course I am speaking from a US perspective, Canada may be different. I did not realize they had approved use of two different vaccines. I do not believe that has been authorized in the US, but has been discussed.

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Our health dept in BC won’t authorize a third jab at this time. My trip is booked in September. Funnily enough my sister has recd AZ and Moderna, and France allows that!

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You can enter with a negative PCR, so just do a test 72 within 72hours of checking in.

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Bets, I read somewhere that you have to continue tests every couple days. Does that apply in this case?

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I'm really sorry but I have no idea. A test would at least get you to this side of the pond.
I'm curious if you got that information from the French consulate or another official representative, or by unofficial sources or word-of-mouth?

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Is it possible to follow up and get a second shot of one of the
vaccines? Not familiar with Canadian healthcare.....

Each province makes these decisions, Alberta says no to a 3rd jab.

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The info came from the French Embassy in Canada. Although other French government sites don't mention mixing vaccines at all. About getting tested every couple days, I think I read it on here. Going to find it again....

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Several of the big American cruise lines have announced they won't accept mixed vaccines as any inoculation at all. I wonder if they would reject the Canadian prime minister who was photographed getting his second, different vaccine. The science so far seems to add up to "don't know" rather than "don't do it". Mixing helped Canada to quickly improve its rate of inoculation.

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I have Astra Zenica and Pfizer, followed the advice the first shot is the best shot. I am not planning international travel till fall 2022 so I assume it will be worked out by then. Fingers Crossed. I know Quebec is offering a third shot if you mixed and matched. At your own risk, their words.

I would be happy to get another Pfizer. By the time I was able to get my second shot they were saying MNRA were much better.

Such a mess, but happy to be vaccinated.

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Woohoo! I have been trying all avenues, and emailed the French Consulate today to ask if mixed vaccines are okay. I just got a call from a lovely lady who confirmed that France accepts mixed vaccines! The info on their website refers to AZ mixed with other vaccines, because until recently Astra Zeneca (Covishield) was not accepted at all. Now it is if you have an MNRA vaccines. I am so happy I am grinning ear to ear! Paris in 5 weeks!
thanks to everyone for your input. Amazing what you can find out in this forum!

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Yes, I recently went to the French embassy site as well which confirms they now accept a mix of AZ and mRNA. As a result, I may decide to resurrect my travel plans for September.

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Just published on the Tousanticovid app today: France is now recommending that those who have had AZ for their first jab should have a MRNA vaccine for their second jab.