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Canada COVID-19 live updates: Quebec working on plan to speed up 2nd doses for AstraZeneca, Moderna recipients, Dubé says

23:56  14 june  2021
23:56  14 june  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Updated throughout the day on Monday, June 14. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com

Top updates

  • Quebec working on plan to speed up 2nd doses for AstraZeneca, Moderna recipients, Dubé says
  • Quebec’s border with Ontario reopens Wednesday
  • Some university students without health insurance cards are not happy with Quebec’s second-dose policy
  • Quebec reports 123 new cases as hospitalizations continue to fall
  • Canada to receive 9.5M vaccine doses this week thanks to influx of Moderna shots
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  • Here’s what is allowed now that Montreal is a yellow zone
  • Hours extended at some Montreal vaccination clinics
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  • Canada paid a premium to get doses from Pfizer earlier than planned
  • Opinion: Montreal has turned into a giant open-air café
  • COVID Conspiracies podcast: How anti-vaxxers set the stage for pandemic conspiracies
  • A guide to COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec
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Quebec working on plan to speed up 2nd doses for AstraZeneca and Moderna recipients, Dubé says

By Tuesday or Wednesday, Quebec will explain how people who received AstraZeneca or Moderna can advance their second doses, Health Minister Christian Dubé said today.

Dubé made the pledge at a press conference this afternoon amid growing frustration that only people who got Pfizer as a first dose have so far been allowed to advance second shots.

He said the province was awaiting confirmation of the delivery of Moderna doses. That came last week when Ottawa said Quebec will receive 1.5 million doses of that vaccine over the next two weeks.

That delivery will allow people to advance their second Moderna doses, Dubé said.

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It also means AstraZeneca recipients will be able to speed up their second jab if they want an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) as a follow-up shot, Dubé said.

“The people that have received Pfizer have been accelerated from 16 to eight weeks (between doses),” the minister said.

“And I’m saying we will say the same thing to (AstraZeneca and Moderna recipients) in the next few hours, so just give us a few days.

“Now that we have the confirmation (of Moderna deliveries), I think they should be happy with the announcement that we’ll make. They will have a clear choice – to continue with AstraZeneca or to get an mRNA (vaccine).”

Dubé says Quebec’s public health department is still mulling whether to allow the Montreal Canadiens to increase the number of fans allowed at playoff games.

The current limit: 2,500.

“It’s on the table right now,” Dubé said.

Yesterday, Premier François Legault said he has raised the issue with Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s public health director.

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“I’m pushing Dr. Arruda, but we have to be fair,” Legault said, noting that many festivals have been cancelled or curtailed because of the pandemic and the Bell Centre should not receive special treatment.

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1:30 p.m.

Johnson delays end of England’s lockdown as cases surge

From the Bloomberg news agency:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed back his plan to lift England’s coronavirus restrictions for at least another four weeks to try to prevent “thousands” more deaths and a surge in hospitalizations.

The government was forced to act after modelling showed hospital admissions could reach similar levels to the pandemic’s first wave of infections in spring 2020 — a peak of 3,099 a day — if Johnson stuck to his schedule to end social-distancing rules on June 21.

In a televised press conference on Monday, Johnson said he had no choice but to delay his plan until July 19 at the earliest, to allow more people to get their second vaccine dose.

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“As things stand, and on the evidence I can see right now, I’m confident that we will not need more than four weeks,” Johnson said. “By being cautious now, we have the chance in the next four weeks to save many thousands of lives by vaccinating millions of people.”

The government is expected to put the delay to a debate and vote on Wednesday in Parliament, where Johnson is likely to face anger from Conservative colleagues for backtracking on what they dubbed “Freedom Day.”

Johnson had initially planned to drop all legal limits on social contact this month, under step four of his “roadmap” out of lockdown. That would have meant nightclubs reopening, people lining up at the bar again, full stadiums and big conferences back in the diaries.

There was a reprieve for weddings: the 30-person limit will be lifted to allow an unlimited number of guests, as long as there is no dancing and social distancing is respected.

Covid cases have been rising rapidly, fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant first identified in India.

It’s now dominant in Britain. Infections in England are growing 70 per cent every week nationally, Johnson’s spokesman, Max Blain, told reporters on Monday, and in around a third of the country they are doubling every week. That’s pushing up hospital admissions by 15 per cent week-on-week, and by 66 per cent in northwest England.

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1:10 p.m.

Quebec is promising an update early this week for second AstraZeneca and Moderna doses

Now that Quebec has confirmation that it will receive 1.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine this month, Health Minister Christian Dubé is promising news “early” this week for recipients of both the Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccine.

“These deliveries will also allow people who have had Moderna to advance their (second) appointments, and those who have had AstraZeneca to change (vaccines for their second doses), if they wish,” Dubé on Friday.

The news will come amid consternation among some AstraZeneca first-dosers who do not want a second shot of the vaccine, which has been linked to a rare but potentially fatal blood clot disorder.

Here’s an email I received from a reader this afternoon:

“Thank you so much for your excellent and comprehensive pandemic coverage, it is essential reading for me every day.

“Your updates on June 11 had an excellent sample of emails from AstraZeneca first dose recipients. As a 52 year-old who got the AZ shot as soon as he could, I found myself nodding along with so much of what your readers were saying. I feel like I have been screwed over. The government’s position is “sure, you can get a second shot of whatever you want, but if you want something besides AZ you have to wait 8 more weeks.” That is holding me hostage. I feel like I have been screwed over because I did the right thing in the first place, by getting whatever shot I could as soon as I could. I can’t use Clic-Santé to advance my appointment, I have to go to one of the very few walk-ins clinics for AZ.

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“And to add insult to injury, this past weekend, the Ontario government said to their residents who got AZ they can get whatever they want for their 2nd shot, after 8 weeks. I now feel doubly screwed. Why can’t the Quebec government do what the Ontario government can?

“Rant over. Thank you again, and apologies for venting.”

12:45 p.m.

Quebec’s border with Ontario reopens Wednesday

The Quebec government today said its border with Ontario will reopen on Wednesday, June 16.

The border was closed April 19 to non-essential traffic to prevent the spread of variants of COVID-19.

“The reopening of the border therefore puts an end to the sporadic controls carried out to limit movement between the two provinces,” Quebec said in a press release.

“This reopening applies to anyone wishing to travel between the two provinces, without exception. Note that people from Ontario have the same obligations as residents of Quebec with regard to compliance with the health rules in force in the different zones.”

Quebec said “the measure requiring the isolation for 14 days of people entering Quebec from Ontario to return to their main residence has been lifted.

And “people from Ontario may be in a restaurant for consumption on site, within the limits of the rules applicable to each zone.”

11:45 a.m.

Some university students without health insurance cards are not happy with Quebec’s second-dose policy

Last week, I asked Quebec’s Health Department for clarification on advancing second doses for people without health insurance cards, including university students from outside Quebec and people who have recently arrived in Canada.

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Entering the number on the card is one of the requirements for speeding up follow-up shots on the Clic Santé booking site.

“The best option for (someone in this situation) is to go to a walk-in clinic to receive their second dose when at least eight weeks have passed” and they are in an age group eligible to speed up second shots, a Health Department spokesperson told me .

“The other option is to keep their original date” for the second dose.

The answer did not please some university students.

Here’s a tweet from a student, followed by an email from a reader:

Email from a reader:

“I am an international student, living in Montreal. I read your post from June 11, on how to get a second dose without a medicare card. First of all, thank you very much for reaching out to the Health Department and inquiring about possible solutions. I was somewhat upset about and disappointed by their response because it seems as if they neither want to figure out a way to fix this issue nor fully understand the implications of their decision.


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“I can just comment from my point of view but I believe that this may apply to many other folks who do not have a RAMQ card (most of them are international students that are covered through their University’s insurance).

“I’ve been living in Montreal for almost three years. The last 16 months were tough for everyone but especially for international students who could not be with their loved ones at any point due to travel restrictions or worries about transmitting the virus. I have not seen my family and friends in Germany since January 2020, and my husband, a fully vaccinated American citizen who lives in the United States, and I haven’t been physically together since January 2021. Although the restrictions allowed immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to cross the border, immediate family members of temporary residents did not benefit. This was already disappointing but there was hope that, due to the vaccination, I could travel more safely in the summer to finally reunite with my family and friends.

“I got my Moderna shot in mid-May (second dose scheduled in early September), and I was very excited when I learned a few weeks ago that Quebecers could reschedule their second appointment. After the hiccups with the Moderna vaccine (which seems to be solved now), I was surprised that I needed a RAMQ number to reschedule my appointment but hoped that this gap would be solved by the time I can sign up (June 21). As I said: the Health Department’s solution, to me, is insufficient. Going to a walk-in clinic is certainly an option for people with Pfizer shots, but for folks with Moderna doses, I am expecting to go on a treasure hunt as long as the government doesn’t allow the mixing of Moderna and Pfizer shots.

“Keeping the original date of the second dose is not an option. International students like me have been waiting a long time to see their loved ones and with the lower cases in the summer, higher vaccination rates, and the risk that we’ll see a fourth wave in the fall, now seems to be best time to travel. However, travelling with only one dose (currently) makes it way harder to enter some countries (e.g., the restrictions for non or partially vaccinated individuals can vary significantly from those for fully vaccinated people). Hence, waiting for September will not allow me to travel safely to Europe to see my family.

“I feel that, over the course of this pandemic, the federal and the provincial government did not take the needs of temporary residents sufficiently into account. Things are moving quickly and I hope that there will be a chance for me and other folks without medicare card to get a shot soon.

“Thank you very much for your time and thank you for your work!”

11:15 a.m.

Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths

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Update on Quebec’s vaccination campaign

11:05 a.m.

Quebec reports 123 new cases as hospitalizations continue to fall

Quebec has recorded 123 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

That’s the lowest one-day case count since Sept. 1, when 122 infections were registered.

Hospitalizations have fallen for 21 days in a row.

In addition, one new death was reported today. It occurred over the previous 24 hours.

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

  • Montreal Island: 48 new cases, 1 death.
  • The number of people in hospital fell by 1. Total hospitalizations: 214.
  • 4 fewer people are in intensive care. Total in ICU: 54.
  • 75,533 additional vaccine doses were administered.
  • 15,084 tests were conducted on Saturday, the last day for which screening data is available.
  • Positivity rate: 0.9 per cent.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 373,112 cases and 11,173 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 359,981 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.

10:10 a.m.

Canada to receive 9.5M vaccine doses this week thanks to influx of Moderna shots

Canada is poised to receive around 9.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week thanks to a massive infusion of shots from Moderna.

The federal government says the Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical firm will deliver a total of 7.1 million jabs in two separate shipments this week.

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10:10 a.m.

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Indiana calms nerves at vaccination clinic

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U.K.’s Johnson set to announce delay to end of COVID restrictions

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Monday that the end of COVID-19 restrictions will be delayed following concern about the rapid rise of infections of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

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9:45 a.m.

Quebecers 55+ now eligible to advance second Pfizer vaccine dose

Quebecers 55 and older are now eligible to advance their second Pfizer dose – either by changing the date via the Clic Santé booking site or visiting a walk-in clinic and getting the second shot.

By the end of the week, anyone 35 and older will be able to speed up their Pfizer shot.

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9:35 a.m.

Here’s what is allowed now that Montreal is a yellow zone

Most of Quebec, including Montreal and surrounding regions, go from orange to yellow alert today, further loosening restrictions on activity.

Here’s what that means for everything from private gatherings to seniors’ residences.

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Hours extended at some Montreal vaccination clinics

Several new walk-in vaccination clinics opened over the weekend in the west-central region of Montreal.

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9:35 a.m.

Opinion: Montreal has turned into a giant open-air café

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9:20 a.m.

COVID Conspiracies podcast: How anti-vaxxers set the stage for pandemic conspiracies

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When the pandemic began more than a year ago, there wasn’t much hope of a vaccine against a disease that had just emerged in humans. Now, though, millions of people around the world are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 every day.

But not everyone will get the shot. While the vast majority of Canadians say they’ll get vaccinated, there are still about 21 per cent of people who are vaccine-hesitant. About seven percent of them say they will not be vaccinated. As COVID spread around the world, so too did the anti-vaccination movement.

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9:15 a.m.

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.
9:15 a.m.

Here are the current pandemic restrictions in Montreal and Quebec

We are regularly updating our list of what services are open, closed or modified in Montreal and Quebec, including information on the curfew and other lockdown measures.

You can read it here.

9:15 a.m.

Here’s where Montrealers can get tested today

Montrealers can be screened at test centres across the island.

You can check screening clinic wait times here .

8:45 a.m.

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 .

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8:30 a.m.

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