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Canada COVID live updates: Quebec parents most hesitant about vaccinating young children, poll suggests

22:42  24 november  2021
22:42  24 november  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Top updates

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  • Canada will soon have enough doses for every eligible child to get their first dose
  • Quebec parents most hesitant about vaccinating young children, poll suggests
  • Vaccination begins for young children in Quebec
  • Quebec reports 1 death, 882 new cases – most since early September
  • COVID cases break records in Europe, prompting new push to administer booster shots
  • Criticized by ombudsperson, former health minister defends her handling of CHSLDs
  • 115,000+ appointments booked for children to get vaccinated, Legault says
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  • Video: In wake of ombudsperson’s report, Québec solidaire calls for public inquiry
  • Here’s how the vaccination of children 5 to 11 will work in Quebec
  • A guide to Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccine passport
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3:30 p.m.

Opinion: Outpouring of love for Montreal restaurants turns to disrespect

“On a recent Saturday, as I stood staring at an empty table No. 6 — a table for four whose occupants had confirmed only three hours prior “we will be there, no doubt!” — I understood that the love was gone, and why many popular independent restaurants are either closing or on their last legs.”

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Read the full opinion piece, by David Ferguson , the owner and chef at Restaurant Gus, in La Petite-Patrie.

3:15 p.m.

Quebec tourism industry urges Ottawa to drop PCR testing for fully vaxxed travellers to Canada

Leaders of Quebec’s travel, tourism and hospitality industries today urged Ottawa to remove the mandatory pre-departure PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers coming into the province, regardless of how long they have been outside of Canada.

They say the screening is a major obstacle for international visitors and prevents Quebec from showcasing itself to the world.

“Quebec’s hospitality sector is heavily dependent on international travel,” said Jean-François Côté, chairman of Destination Québec cité, Quebec City’s tourism bureau.

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“At a time when this sector has already been hit hard, the federal government should be doing everything it can to promote Quebec to the world. Instead, we have rules discouraging people from coming here. The message from our businesses is clear: time is running out. We need the federal government to remove the pre-departure PCR test for fully vaccinated travellers now.”

At a press conference today organized by the ​​Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable, business leaders noted that many foreign teams are dropping out of the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament.

“This is not only tragic for the youth who are missing an opportunity to compete, but for the local economy,” the businesses said in a press release. “The consequences are real: hotels and restaurants have seen a significant decrease in patrons, and other travel-related expenses from these events have diminished.”

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They added: “International visitors have significant positive impact on the broader Quebec economy. Without them, the survival of local events and businesses is being threatened.”

Quebec’s tourism industry supports 402,000 jobs and more than 30,159 businesses, the vast majority of which have fewer than 20 employees.

The business leaders said “pre-departure PCR test for arrivals into Canada runs counter to the recommendations made by the Canadian federal government’s COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel, which concluded fully vaccinated travellers should not require a pre-departure test for a trip of any duration.

“Recent changes by the federal government removing the PCR test requirement for those who have been outside of Canada for less than 72 hours does nothing to help Quebec businesses. In fact, these changes opened a one-way door allowing Canadians to leave the country, while disincentivizing international visitors from coming here.”

2:25 p.m.

Quebec gave $68M in pandemic loans to companies that didn’t qualify, auditor-general says

At least 10 businesses in difficulty were able to receive Quebec government loans totalling $68 million last year, even if they did not fully meet the criteria required for them to do so, according to the annual report of the province’s auditor-general reported tabled on Wednesday.

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The management of the loans program, created and overseen by Quebec economy minister Pierre Fitzgibbon in an effort to support businesses disrupted by the pandemic, was inadequate and lacked transparency, auditor-general Guylaine Leclerc wrote in her rapport.

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Within days, Canada will have enough doses for every eligible child to get their first dose, Trudeau says

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Trudeau government set to introduce bill with targeted pandemic aid for businesses, workers

From The Canadian Press:

The Trudeau Liberals are scheduled to introduce a new aid bill this afternoon that aims to provide targeted financial support to businesses still recovering from the pandemic.

The bill listed on Wednesday’s agenda for the House of Commons would also send income-support payments to workers who find themselves off the job because of a public health order.

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It’s one of four pieces of legislation that the government wants passed through the Commons before the middle of December when MPs are scheduled to go on their winter break.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland outlined the broad details of the plan in late October when the Liberals decided to let a trio of special pandemic benefits expire.

Wage and rent subsidies for businesses would be more generous and targeted to still-hurting tourism and hospitality sectors under the government’s previous proposal, so long as they can prove a prolonged and deep revenue loss.

The government also wanted to extend to May a hiring credit for companies that add to their payrolls by boosting wages, rehiring laid-off workers or new hires, which doesn’t require as deep a revenue loss to qualify.

At the time she rolled out the plan, Freeland said more details would come at a later date.

The Liberals said the reason for the change is that the economy is no longer in the same crisis that gripped the country at the onset of the pandemic when three million jobs were lost over March and April of 2020.

Employment has since rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, although the ranks of Canada’s unemployed – including those who have been without a job for six months or more – remain higher than prior to COVID-19.

The mix of high unemployment and labour shortages helps explain why the government wants to target aid, hoping it jump-starts job hiring.

An analysis of survey data by job-posting site Indeed found more respondents were actively looking for work last month compared to July, August and September, and most described their search as “urgent.”

Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba children start getting COVID shots as rollout ramps up

  Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba children start getting COVID shots as rollout ramps up MONTREAL — There were stickers, therapy dogs, superheroes — and yes, a few tears — as Quebec and Saskatchewan children between the ages of five and 11 began receiving COVID-19 shots at mass vaccination clinics on Wednesday. Manitoba announced Wednesday afternoon that it had also started vaccinations — a day ahead of schedule — due to shipments of the pediatric vaccine arriving earlier than expected. The start of vaccinations for under-12s marks another chapter in Canada's immunization effort, as provinces race to get shots into as many arms as possible before the holiday season.

Indeed senior economist Brendon Bernard wrote that urgent job searches are usually linked to financial difficulties, suggesting the findings may be an early warning of strain for households.

1:20 p.m.

Opinion: As kids get vaccinated, Quebec still lags in school air purification

“While Quebec is encouraging parents to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments for kids age five to 11, the province is still not adequately addressing air quality issues in many older schools that don’t have mechanical ventilation systems.”

Read Albert Kramberger’s full column.

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Quebec parents most hesitant about vaccinating young children, poll suggests

Quebec may face a challenge convincing some parents to get their children age 5 to 11 vaccinated, a new poll suggests.

The majority of Quebecers and other Canadians think children under 12 should get vaccinated, the survey found.

However, “Quebec parents with young children do not share that view and are less likely to want to do so than are other Canadian parents with children that age,” said Jack Jedwab, president of the Association for Canadian Studies, which commissioned the Léger poll.

Among Quebec parents with one child, for example, only 37 per cent said they think they’ll have their child vaccinated, the survey found. That’s the lowest level in Canada. The national average was 50 per cent.

Léger surveyed 2,990 Canadians, including 698 Quebecers, in September and October.

 A majority of Canadians and Quebecers are in favour of vaccinating children under 12, the poll suggests. A majority of Canadians and Quebecers are in favour of vaccinating children under 12, the poll suggests.  In Quebec and across Canada, parents are less likely to favour the vaccination of young children, the poll suggests. In Quebec and across Canada, parents are less likely to favour the vaccination of young children, the poll suggests.
11:50 a.m.

COVID-19 vaccination begins for young children in Quebec

 Alexander Pantopoulos gets vaccinated on Wednesday Nov. 24, 2021 at the Palais des congrès. © Provided by The Gazette Alexander Pantopoulos gets vaccinated on Wednesday Nov. 24, 2021 at the Palais des congrès.

In what Quebec hopes will be a turning point in the pandemic, young children began being vaccinated against COVID-19 Wednesday morning.

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11:15 a.m.

Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths

11:15 a.m.

Update on Quebec’s vaccination campaign

11:05 a.m.

Quebec reports 1 death, 882 new cases – most since early September

Quebec has recorded 882 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

That’s the biggest single-day case count since Sept. 11.

In addition, one new death was reported.

Some other key statistics from Quebec’s latest COVID-19 update:

  • Montreal Island: 236 cases, zero deaths.
  • Net increase in hospitalizations: 8, for total of 211 (27 entered hospital, 19 discharged).
  • No change in number of intensive care patients: 46 (5 entered ICUs, 5 discharged).
  • 6,556 vaccine doses administered over previous 24 hours.
  • 32,118 tests conducted Monday.
  • Positivity rate: 2.6 per cent.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 441,344 cases and 11,566 deaths linked to COVID-19.

10:40 a.m.

COVID cases break records in Europe, prompting new push to administer booster shots

From the Reuters news agency:

Coronavirus infections broke records in parts of Europe on Wednesday, with the continent once again the epicentre of a pandemic that has prompted new curbs on movement and made health experts think again about booster vaccination shots.

Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary all reported new highs in daily infections as winter grips Europe and people gather indoors in the run-up to Christmas, providing a perfect breeding ground for COVID-19.

The disease has swept the world in the two years since it was first identified in central China, infecting more than 258 million people and killing 5.4 million.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the EU public health agency, recommended vaccine boosters for all adults, with priority for those over 40, in a major shift from its previous guidance which suggested the extra doses should be considered for older frail people and those with weakened immune systems.

“Available evidence emerging from Israel and the UK shows a significant increase in protection against infection and severe disease following a booster dose in all age groups in the short term,” the ECDC said in a report published on Wednesday.

Many EU countries have already begun giving booster doses to their populations but are using different criteria to make priorities and different intervals between the first shots and boosters.

ECDC head Andrea Ammon said boosters would increase protection against infection caused by waning immunity and “could potentially reduce the transmission in the population and prevent additional hospitalizations and deaths.”

She advised countries with low levels of vaccination to speed up their rollouts and warned of high risks of a further spike in deaths and hospitalizations in Europe in December and January if the recommended measures are not introduced.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, acknowledging that Europe was again at the epicentre of the pandemic, warned against a “false sense of security” over the protection offered by vaccines.

“No country is out of the woods,” he told reporters, adding that he hoped a consensus can be found at a World Trade Organization ministerial meeting next week for an IP waiver for pandemic vaccines, already supported by more than 100 countries.

10:30 a.m.

Criticized by ombudsperson, former health minister defends her handling of CHSLDs

Former health minister Danielle McCann insisted Wednesday that she did alert Quebec’s long-term care residences (CHSLDs) to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic.

One day after Quebec’s ombudsperson issued a scathing report into the 2020 pandemic saying the CHSLD network was the government’s “blind spot” in the crisis and nobody warned them to prepare, McCann called in the media so she could explain her actions.

Read our full story, by Philip Authier.

10:10 a.m.

115,000+ appointments booked for children to get vaccinated, Legault says

9:50 a.m.

Video: ‘They lied to Quebecers’ – Anglade calls on CAQ government to account for CHSLD contradictions

9:50 a.m.

Video: In wake of ombudsperson’s report, Québec solidaire calls for public inquiry into pandemic response

9:45 a.m.

Here’s how the vaccination of children 5 to 11 will work in Quebec

Children age five to 11 can now get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Quebec with a pediatric formulation of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The provincial government has updated its COVID-19 vaccination webpages to reflect the rollout of vaccines in younger children.

Some key points:

  • Young people from 5 to 17 years of age can be vaccinated at a vaccination clinic with an appointment or go to a walk-in clinic. Depending on age, the student or parent is responsible for booking the appointment and transport. Note that the vaccination of children and youth is done in vaccination centres or at school but not in pharmacies.
  • Parents of children age five to 11 will receive a letter from the school explaining how vaccination at school works.
  • People 13 years old and younger need the consent of a parent or legal guardian to be vaccinated.
  • Adolescents who are at least 14 can give their own consent for the COVID-19 vaccination.

Quebec says ​​even though young people are much less at risk for severe complications if they catch COVID-19 as compared to older people, vaccinating 5-17 year-olds has a number of benefits:

  • It will protect young people from rare but serious complications.
  • Vaccinating young people will restrict the virus from spreading and help control the pandemic by stopping transmission in the youth’s immediate circle.
  • Vaccinating young people makes it possible to loosen other hygiene measures that control the spread of the virus and severely impact teaching, academic success, and student retention and overall well-being.
  • Vaccinating young people caps outbreaks and limits classroom closures, which also facilitates student success and retention.
  • Vaccinating young people means that sports and extracurricular activities can resume. These activities have a major positive effect on the mental and physical health of children and adolescents.

Quebec also has a webpage debunking vaccination myths.

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9:25 a.m.

Conservatives say virtual Commons proceedings allow Liberals to dodge scrutiny

From The Canadian Press:

Conservative MPs will oppose a government proposal today to return to a hybrid format in the House of Commons, which has allowed MPs to participate virtually in proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conservative deputy leader Candice Bergen says her party fears hybrid sittings “let the government off the hook” and give ministers an excuse not to turn up to answer questions in the Commons.

MPs will today debate whether to resume the hybrid format, with both the Liberals and NDP supporting the move. They argue that it helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and allows MPs who are ill, or have sick family members, the ability to participate from their homes or offices.

The Conservatives and the Bloc Quebecois both want to fully return to normal in-person sittings.

Bergen argued that the hybrid format is designed to protect the government from “scrutiny and accountability,” not to protect Canadians from the deadly virus.

“The fact is that the government has been let off the hook because they haven’t been here,” she said, adding that she sometimes sat in the chamber during the last session of Parliament without a single Liberal MP or minister in the House.

She said the Government’s enthusiasm for virtual proceedings

“doesn’t have anything to do with protecting themselves or anyone else from COVID.”

“They are protecting themselves from accountability and scrutiny. We’ve seen that and we believe that it is time that it stopped,” she said.

The NDP backs the hybrid format because it allows all MPs — including those forced to self-isolate if they come in contact with someone with COVID-19 — to take part in Commons proceedings.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has said MPs should consider adopting the hybrid format permanently because it would allow MPs with young children to take part in debates from home. That, in turn, would make becoming an MP more attractive to people with caring responsibilities, he’s argued.

But Bergen said voters expected newly elected or re-elected MPs to turn up to do their jobs.

“We don’t agree that a hybrid Parliament is needed. We don’t believe it is. And we are concerned the Liberals and NDP are just going to ram this through,” she said.

She said ministers prefer “sitting in their offices evading answers” than facing questions from Opposition MPs in the House of Commons.

But government House leader Mark Holland said Tuesday the government is committed to a “full presence” in the Commons, regardless of the format.

Holland reiterated his concern that no one knows how many Tory MPs are unvaccinated, and appeared to question whether Tory medical exemptions are valid. He suggested that further validation of their doctors’ notes might be required.

Bergen hit back at Holland’s suggestion, saying it was “very dangerous” for a politician to question the integrity of medical professionals.

“I think that is reckless in many ways. Mark Holland is not a doctor. My colleague called him a ”spin doctor,“ she said.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has said all 118 of his MPs are now either fully vaccinated or have medical exemptions. He has refused to say how many have claimed an exemption for medical reasons.

Quebec Tory MP Richard Lehoux, who is fully vaccinated, is currently at home after being diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, two days after attending an in-person Conservative caucus retreat.

9:20 a.m.

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9:15 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 epidemiological update .

  COVID live updates: Quebec parents most hesitant about vaccinating young children, poll suggests
9:15 a.m.

A guide to Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccine passport

Quebec’s vaccine passport is mandatory for people 13 and older who want to access services and activities deemed non-essential by the provincial government, including bars, restaurants, gyms, festivals and sporting events.

Quebecers can use a smartphone app to prove their vaccination status or simply carry their QR code on paper.

The app is available from Apple’s App Store and Google Play .

We have published two guides to the passports – one looks at how to download and set up the app , and another answers key questions about the system, including how, when and why.

You can find more information on the Quebec government’s website – one page has details on how the system works, and another has a list of the places where a vaccine passport will be required .

 A test scan of a vaccine passport is shown at an Econofitness gym in Laval on Aug. 17, 2021. © Christinne Muschi A test scan of a vaccine passport is shown at an Econofitness gym in Laval on Aug. 17, 2021.
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.

Quebecers can also visit walk-in AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer vaccine clinics .

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.

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.

For other parts of Quebec, check out this page on the Quebec government’s site .

8:30 a.m.

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