(Quebec, Montreal) COVID-19 vaccination will be offered to people under the age of 60 gradually, by age group, starting over the next few days. Quebec is indeed launching the final phase of a campaign targeting the general population, while Pfizer’s vaccine supply will double next week.
Quebec will open the appointment by age group in quick succession. On Wednesday night, it was mentioned that the age limit would be lowered to 45 or 50 in the first place. It is argued that this procedure was retained on the logic that age is a risk factor for complications from COVID-19. But it was pointed out that it would be possible to make an appointment for the younger groups quickly.
Health and Welfare Minister Christian Dube on Thursday will reveal the details of the operation, which, as promised, will ensure that all Quebec adults who wish to do so receive their first dose of vaccine by June 24, the national holiday. He will be accompanied by the Director of the Vaccination Campaign, Daniel Pare, and the Strategic Medical Advisor of the General Directorate of Public Health, Dr.R Richard Masse.
Each time the minister proposed a vaccine for a new priority category, the decision took effect the next day. Therefore, it is likely that the first cohort of the population will be able to make an appointment from Friday.
While studying the budgetary allocation for his ministry to the National Assembly, Christian Dubet shared with you his passion for this new phase of the vaccination campaign: “I kick the ball and invite people to listen to us. [jeudi] noon, because we will have an important announcement about the general vaccination of the population, ”he said, answering a question from Liberal MP Marie Monpeti.
Quebec announced on Wednesday that 3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far, including about 70,000 second doses.
The authorities believe the operations are “going very well,” which allows consideration of moving to the next stage, we were told. On Monday, Minister Dubet invited the chronically ill, people with disabilities and pregnant women to hurry to make an appointment.
He recalled that since last Thursday, more than 900,000 appointments have been opened for chronic patients and people with disabilities, but “there were still many appointments available.” Mr Dubet said he would like to give these categories of people a little more time to make an appointment. He indicated that he could say Thursday or Friday “the trend that we have seen in the meetings, then if the time is right at that time to open up to the public.”
Pfizer’s vaccine shipments, confirmed by Ottawa, also give the Lego government complete leeway to pursue this anticipated milestone. Specifically, Montreal will receive 100,000 doses of the vaccine, double what it has received on average weekly since the start of the vaccination campaign.
Montreal has already met its target of 75% vaccination for people aged 60 and over. The pool of volunteers to be vaccinated is getting smaller and smaller, although second doses are also starting to be administered to CHSLDs and healthcare providers. In Quebec, 86% of people aged 65 and over received their first dose.
As of the start of the week, around 9,000 people a day were vaccinated in Montreal, less than last week’s average of 13,000. But new arrivals and openness to the general population will accelerate the pace.
Pfizer’s shipments will also double across the province. For example, it is expected that about 231,660 doses are expected during the week of April 26 to May 2, and this number will rise to 457,470 next week. This rate should be maintained until the end of June. The shipments will be even larger – about 550,000 doses weekly through July.
The doses of Pfizer alone will be enough to meet the Lego government’s goal of vaccinating 75% of Quebec residents (ages 16 and older) who so choose, by June 24th. Ottawa also said Canada is on the verge of receiving 650,000 Moderna delayed doses, of which 137,200 will be sent to Quebec. The province is also expected to receive about 60,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s new vaccine, which requires a single dose soon.
The AstraZeneca vaccine, intended for people over 45, is not planned to arrive in Quebec yet.
The third wave has slowed down
Regional Director of Public Health Montreal, Dre Mylene Drouin said she was “satisfied” on Tuesday with her measures to counter the third wave. The number of new cases of COVID-19 in the metropolis has been falling for two weeks. “The goals we set for ourselves have been achieved. The variant took its place slowly. […] We are showing that our healthcare system can be very effective, ”said Dr.re Druin.
Currently, 42% of new COVID-19 cases are associated with disease variants in Montreal. Almost all of this is the British version (95%). As options take up more and more space, Dre Druin still expects “some increase in the number of cases” in the coming days.
Dre Druin reminds that Montreal is “more vulnerable” due to its urban context, and urges the population to remain vigilant.
219 patients are currently hospitalized in hospitals, 67 of them are in intensive care. This is a clear drop from the 900 patients who were hospitalized in the midst of the second wave, Sonia notes. Belange, CEO of CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l’Ile-de-Montréal. She adds that over 750,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered to date, including over 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca.
In recent days, vaccination of health workers has intensified in Montreal. At CHSLD, 68% of healthcare workers are vaccinated and the Mme Belange says she is “confident” to get past the 75% threshold. Second doses of the vaccine will also be available in all CHSLDs in Montreal by May 8th.
Private nursing homes will then receive a second dose. A disease outbreak occurs in Manoir Outremont. A dozen cases and one death have been reported. Montreal has 18 active outbreaks in healthcare facilities, including Manoir Outremont and St Mary’s Hospital. Dre Drouin recalled that the vaccine “is not 100% effective at the first dose.” To date, 20% of CHSLDs in Montreal and 5% of private nursing homes have received a second dose of vaccine.