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Canada COVID-19 updates, June 2: Province set to accelerate 2nd doses as rate of fully vaccinated Quebecers inches up

01:21  03 june  2021
01:21  03 june  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Video: Quebec long-term care residents have received second dose of COVID-19 vaccine (Global News)

a group of people walking on a sidewalk: People wait in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Bill-Durnan Arena in Montreal on Monday, May 24, 2021. © Provided by The Gazette People wait in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Bill-Durnan Arena in Montreal on Monday, May 24, 2021.

Updated throughout the day on Wednesday, June 2. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com

Top updates

  • Province set to accelerate 2nd doses as rate of fully vaccinated Quebecers inches up
  • 71% of Quebecers 12 and older have received first vaccine dose
  • Quebec economy minister steps down from cabinet in wake of ethics report
  • Authorities wary of reopening Canada-U. S. border, Garneau says
  • Quebec reports 288 new cases, 5 deaths as hospitalizations fall
  • Prom night? Quebec may allow graduation balls
  • Quebec saw biggest reduction in life expectancy due to COVID-19 deaths: StatCan
  • Baby bust – Quebecers had fewer babies amid pandemic in 2020
  • There won’t be masks or class bubbles in Quebec schools this fall: Roberge
  • Despite new vaccine interchangeability guidelines, questions remain for AstraZeneca recipients
  • A guide to COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec
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Province set to accelerate 2nd doses as rate of fully vaccinated Quebecers inches up

On Thursday, Health Minister Christian Dubé is scheduled to hold a 1 p.m. press conference to outline how Quebec will speed up second vaccine doses, starting on Monday, June 7.

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Quebecers will be able to change their appointments via the Clic Santé booking site, starting with people 80 and older, Dubé has said.

The province’s plan to emerge from the pandemic by the end of the summer hinges on 75 per cent of people over 12 getting double-dosed.

So far, just 6.5 per cent of people 12 and older have received both doses, according to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

Here’s a breakdown showing the percentage of people who have gotten both doses as of Tuesday, by age group:

  • 12-17: 0.1 per cent
  • 18-29: 3.5 per cent
  • 30-49: 4.6 per cent
  • 50-69: 5.8 per cent
  • 70-79: 11.3 per cent
  • 80 and over: 28.6 per cent.
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4:40 p.m.

Trudeau to attend G7 summit in first foreign trip since before start of pandemic

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced that he will attend the G7 leaders’ summit in the  United Kingdom from June 11 to 13.

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He will also take part in a NATO summit on June 14 in Belgium.

The prime minister’s office said Trudeau and the Canadian delegation “will follow strict public health protocols and procedures during their visit, while in-transit, and when they arrive home.”

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71% of Quebecers 12 and older have received first vaccine dose

The provincial government’s original goal was to provide a first vaccine dose to 5.3 million Quebecers by June 24. Then, it moved that target to June 15.

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As of yesterday (June 1), 5.25 million doses had been administered.

So far, 70.9 per cent of Quebecers 12 and older have received a first jab.

And 6.5 per cent have gotten both doses.

Quebec aims to have 75 per cent of people aged 12 and up fully vaccinated by the end of August.

1:40 p.m.

Quebec economy minister steps down from cabinet in wake of ethics report

Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon, who was helping oversee Quebec’s plan to relaunch the province’s economy as it emerges from the pandemic, stepped down Wednesday as a cabinet minister in the wake of another ethics commission report saying he is not respecting the rules.

Read our full story, by Philip Authier.

1:15 p.m.

Ontario schools will not reopen until the fall, Ford announces

Ontario schools will not reopen for in-person learning for the rest of the academic year, The Canadian Press reports.

Premier Doug Ford says schools will keep teaching students online this month.

Schools across the province moved to online learning in mid-April amid an escalating third wave of the virus.

Cases have since declined and the province recently unveiled a reopening plan set to take effect in mid-June, but schools weren’t part of it.

The province’s top doctor along with the vast majority of his regional counterparts and other experts have said students should return to classrooms for their well-being.

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Ford sought advice on the matter last week and has spent the past few days coming up with his decision.

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Legault speaks to reporters

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You can watch it on the National Assembly website .

The press conference was scheduled after the National Assembly’s ethics commissioner, in an unprecedented move, recommended that Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon be barred from sitting in the legislature until he sells interests he holds in two firms doing business with the state.

11:35 a.m.

Authorities wary of reopening Canada-U. S. border, Garneau says

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says he’s “very aware” that Canadians are growing impatient about the ongoing shutdown of the Canada-U. S. border, The Canadian Press reports.

In a virtual conversation with the CEO of Montreal’s chamber of commerce, Garneau declined to offer a set of criteria to determine a reopening plan.

He says he and his cabinet colleagues are in discussion with the provinces, but that authorities are wary of opening the floodgates to a fourth wave of COVID-19.

Garneau says “predictability” remains the watchword, while acknowledging that the situation a month from now is hard to predict.

Canada and the United States closed the land border to non-essential travel on March 20, 2020.

11:35 a.m.

Newfoundland and Labrador wants to welcome travellers from rest of Canada as early as July 1

From The Canadian Press:

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Newfoundland and Labrador is aiming to ease border restrictions and welcome travellers from the rest of Canada as early as July 1.

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The lifting of the province’s travel ban announced today is contingent on COVID-19 case counts staying low in the province and on it hitting its goal of administering at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 75 per cent of residents aged 12 and over.

The plan says fully vaccinated Canadian travellers will not have to self-isolate or present a negative COVID-19 test.

Partially vaccinated Canadians will have to present a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered within three days of their departure date, or they can isolate until they get a negative test result.

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Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths

11:05 a.m.

Quebec reports 288 new cases, 5 deaths

Quebec has recorded 288 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

In addition, five new deaths were reported, none of which occurred over the previous 24 hours.

Four of the deaths occurred between May 26 and 31 and one occurred on an unknown date.

Some other key statistics from Quebec’s latest COVID-19 update, published this morning:

  • Montreal Island: 99 cases, 1 death.
  • 14 fewer people are in hospital. Total hospitalizations: 340.
  • 9 fewer people are in intensive care. Total in ICU: 77.
  • 67,165 additional vaccine doses were administered.
  • 27,305 tests were conducted on Monday, the last day for which screening data is available.
  • Positivity rate: 1.2 per cent.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 370,815 cases and 11,138 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 356,202 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.

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Prom night? Quebec may allow graduation balls after all

Quebec public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda opened the door to allowing graduation balls at the end of this school season during a news conference Wednesday, a day after he said they were out of the question.

Read our full story, by René Bruemmer.

10:40 a.m.

Quebec saw biggest reduction in life expectancy due to COVID-19 deaths: StatCan

Statistics Canada estimates that life expectancy in Quebec — where 8,226 deaths were linked to COVID-19 in 2020 — declined by 0.84 years.

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Baby bust – Quebecers had fewer babies amid pandemic in 2020

The Institut de la statistique du Québec says there was a drop in births in the province in 2020 compared to the previous year – but the rate started rising early in 2021.

The institute today said it estimates that there were 81,850 births in 2020. That’s a drop of almost three per cent compared to 2019 (84,300).

“Monthly data shows that from January to July 2020 the average number of births per day was relatively similar to that in previous years,” the provincial agency said.

“However, from August to December, notable decreases were recorded compared to 2019 – a drop of between 5 per cent and 8 per cent, depending on the month.”

Montreal saw the biggest drop in births – seven per cent.

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There won’t be masks or class bubbles in Quebec schools this fall: Roberge

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Canada doubles dollars to COVAX, but no sign of donating doses yet

From The Canadian Press:

International Development Minister Karina Gould says Canada is doubling its dollar commitment to the global vaccine-sharing alliance known as COVAX, but isn’t yet committing to a specific donation of excess vaccine doses.

Gould is among leaders and ministers attending a virtual COVAX summit hosted by Japan today where at least a dozen countries are increasing their pledges to the facility one year after it was created.

COVAX said last week it needed another $2 billion pledged by today to secure enough vaccines to vaccinate almost one-third of people living in low and middle-income countries.

But it also says it needs an immediate redirection of doses from wealthy countries, which are well ahead in the race to vaccinate.

Gould says Canada is doubling Canada’s financial commitment to COVAX from $220 million to $440 million.

Canada has previously said it will donate excess vaccine doses to COVAX, but has not yet said when or how many.

COVAX was established to try and ensure equitable access to vaccines by having wealthy countries buy into it, to get doses for themselves and help buy doses for countries that can’t afford them.

Canada has been heavily criticized for being the only G7 nation to accept doses from COVAX rather than donating its share back to countries in higher need.

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But for the 2.1 million Canadians who received the AstraZeneca vaccine for their first dose, 500,000 of them Quebecers, the question of which vaccine they should take next remains somewhat nebulous.

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A guide to COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec

Local health authorities have set up mass vaccination sites across Montreal.

You can book appointments via the Clic Santé website or by phone at 1-877-644-4545.

Here are the nuts and bolts of getting vaccinated , by Katherine Wilton. Her guide includes the age groups targeted, how to book appointments, and addresses of vaccination centres.

Two private sites can also help you book appointments:

  • Vaccélérateur, an automated service that scans last-minute availabilities posted by Quebec’s Clic Santé vaccination site, alerts followers on Twitter as soon as appointments come up.
  • Vaxstat was created to help Quebecers find a nearby available slot.
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Here are the current pandemic restrictions in Montreal and Quebec

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You can read it here.

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Here’s where Montrealers can get tested today

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You can check screening clinic wait times here .

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The situation across Canada

Here’s the rate of case growth per 100,000 people over the past seven days, via the federal government’s latest epidemiology update .

  COVID-19 updates, June 2: Province set to accelerate 2nd doses as rate of fully vaccinated Quebecers inches up
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