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Canada COVID-19 live updates: Quebecers 50+ now eligible to advance second Pfizer vaccine shots

17:51  15 june  2021
17:51  15 june  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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a person holding a sign: Walk-in clinics will provide second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to people who had trouble making appointments on the Clic Santé site this week. © Provided by The Gazette Walk-in clinics will provide second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to people who had trouble making appointments on the Clic Santé site this week.

Updated throughout the day on Tuesday, June 15. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com

Top updates

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  • Quebecers 50+ now eligible to advance second Pfizer vaccine shots
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You think some Quebec walk-in clinic lineups are long?

This was the scene this morning in Toronto’s Scarborough area.

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Quebec says there is only one active case in a CHSLD.

At the height of the pandemic, during the spring of 2020, the list of CHSLDs monitored by the Health Department included dozens of establishments with outbreaks, and many were considered “critical,” meaning that more than 25 per cent of residents were infected.

As of June 13, only the Aimé-Leduc CHSLD in Montérégie is still on the list, and only one active case has been reported.

COVID-19 vaccinations are a key reason behind with the improvement, according to the Institut national de Santé publique du Québec.

Ninety-five per cent of CHSLD residents have received a first dose, and 84 per cent are fully vaccinated.

“These are very high rates. We are very happy,” said Dr. Jasmin Villeneuve, a medical consultant with the INSPQ who is responsible for coordinating scientific activities for the prevention and control of infections in healthcare settings.

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The situation in private seniors’ residences (RPAs) has also improved considerably, although there were slightly more cases in mid-June than in CHSLDs, according to Health Department data.

The Bonséjour residence in Saint-Jean-de-Dieu, in Bas-St-Laurent, is worried for the moment and is in the “red” section of the government list: 44 per cent of its residents are infected with COVID-19. Ten other RPAs are currently “under surveillance,” though most of them only have one infected person.

The progression of RPA vaccination rates is even higher than in CHSLDs: 95 per cent of their residents received a first dose, and 87 per cent received both.

Villeneuve evokes several possible reasons for the notable decreases in active cases.

The vaccination of residents and nursing staff in these living environments helped considerably. And health officials also better understand the disease and how it spreads, Villeneuve said.

The decrease in the number of cases in the general population also has an impact on residents of CHSLDs and RPAs.

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Quebecers 50+ now eligible to advance second Pfizer vaccine shots

Quebecers 50 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.

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

Health Minister Christian Dubé yesterday said that today or tomorrow Quebec will unveil its plan to allow AstraZeneca and Moderna recipients to speed up their second shots.

He has a vaccination press conference scheduled today at 1 p.m. I’ll provide live coverage and a video feed here.

  COVID-19 live updates: Quebecers 50+ now eligible to advance second Pfizer vaccine shots
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Here’s how to register anti-COVID vaccinations from outside Quebec

A reader who received his first vaccine dose in Quebec but his second in New Jersey asks: “How can I register my (American) shot here in Quebec?”

Quebec has set up a system for people to register vaccinations obtained outside the province.

People in that situation must make an appointment at a vaccination centre via Clic Santé and then show up with ID and their proof of vaccination from the U.S.

You’ll can find more information on this page about how to add vaccinations from outside Quebec to the province’s vaccination registry .

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  COVID-19 live updates: Quebecers 50+ now eligible to advance second Pfizer vaccine shots

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.

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But not everyone will get the shot. While the vast majority of Canadians say they’ll get vaccinated, about 21 per cent of people are still 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.

In the first episode, reporter Dalson Chen takes us on a journey into the history of the anti-vax movement. And explains why it is still going strong today.

You can listen to the first episode on Apple Podcasts . It’s also available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and other podcast sites.

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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 .

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