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Sports COVID-19 live updates: Dubé wants at least 88% of eligible Quebecers double-vaccinated

23:45  13 september  2021
23:45  13 september  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Updated throughout the day on Monday, Sept. 13. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com

Top updates

  • Anti-vaccine protesters should steer clear of hospitals, Dubé says
  • Hospital says protests against pandemic measures ‘demoralizing’ for health care staff
  • Trudeau vows to make it an offence to intimidate or threaten health workers or people seeking treatment
  • Plante denounces anti-vax protests targeting students, health workers
  • Staff, equipment shortages at CHSLD Herron predated pandemic: former director of care
  • Unvaccinated people are occupying ICU beds that could be used by people on surgical wait lists, Collège des médecins says
  • Alberta man and woman charged for refusing screening at Charlottetown airport
  • Laval is Quebec’s hotspot for COVID cases
  • Have you tried using a business-card-sized QR code?
  • Quebec wants at least 88% of eligible Quebecers double-vaccinated – Dubé
  • Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths
  • Hospitalizations continue to climb as Quebec reports 639 cases, 1 death
  • Most people don’t need vaccine booster, scientists say
  • More lockdowns would only be used as ‘last resort,’ UK says as England prepares to scrap vaccine passports
  • B.C. vaccine card system takes effect, one dose required in many settings
  • Police seek suspects after fires set at downtown protest against pandemic measures
  • Pandemic electioneering: Out on the campaign trail in Montreal
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4 p.m.

Anti-vaccine protesters should steer clear of hospitals, Dubé says

Health Minister Christian Dubé is joining other political leaders in condemning anti-vaccine protests outside hospitals.

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“Demonstrations in front of hospitals: anti-vaccine activists are choosing the wrong target as it is mainly unvaccinated people who are clogging our health network,” Dubé said via Twitter.

“Trying to block access to hospitals does nothing to help the debate. The police will closely monitor the protests.”

3:55 p.m.

Hospital says protests against pandemic measures ‘demoralizing’ for health care staff

A Toronto hospital where protesters denouncing COVID-19 measures rallied Monday afternoon said such demonstrations are demoralizing for health workers who have cared for patients infected with the virus despite the risk to themselves and their families.

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Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside Toronto General Hospital Monday, many of them condemning Ontario’s proof-of-vaccination system, which is scheduled to take effect next week. Several police officers were also present.

Read our full story.

3:50 p.m.

Trudeau vows to make it an offence to intimidate or threaten health workers or people seeking treatment

3:20 p.m.

Plante denounces anti-vax protests targeting students, health workers

Mayor Valérie Plante is condemning anti-vaccination protesters who are demonstrating outside Montreal schools and at least one hospital – the McGill University Health Centre.

“Protesting is a right,” Plante said via Twitter .

“But a line has been crossed, and it must end immediately. No to bullying children and health care workers.”

Last week, Premier François Legault chastised anti-vaccine and anti-mask protesters who accosted students outside two Montreal schools .

Protests were expected at several hospitals across Canada today. About 100 people demonstrated outside Toronto General Hospital .

2:50 p.m.

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Read our full story.

2:20 p.m.

Health agency wants jail time for Calgary pastor and brother for breaking COVID rules

From The Canadian Press:

Alberta Health Services is asking for jail time for an Alberta pastor and his brother found guilty of contempt after deliberately violating COVID-19 health orders.

Artur Pawlowski and his brother, Dawid Pawlowski, of Calgary were arrested in May and accused of organizing an illegal gathering as well as of promoting and attending an illegal gathering.

The arrests came after court orders were granted allowing Alberta Health Services and police to charge those who advertised gatherings that would breach health restrictions.

At a sentencing hearing today, the health provider asked that the pastor be jailed for 21 days and that his brother be sentenced to 10 days.

The court is also being asked to fine Artur Pawlowski $2,000 and impose $15,000 in costs.

The lawyer for the Pawlowskis is to finish her case Tuesday, but says her clients should not face incarceration.

2 p.m.

Staff, equipment shortages at CHSLD Herron predated pandemic: former director of care

The former director of care at CHSLD Herron testified Monday that the facility was understaffed and lacked equipment long before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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The inquest into deaths at long-term care homes resumed for its second week of hearings dedicated to CHSLD Herron in Dorval, where 47 residents died during the first wave of the pandemic.

Read our full story, by Katelyn Thomas.

12:50 p.m.

Unvaccinated people are occupying ICU beds that could be used by people on surgical wait lists, Collège des médecins says

12:45 p.m.

Alberta man and woman charged for refusing screening at Charlottetown airport

An Alberta man and woman are facing charges for not complying with COVID-19 screening requirements at the Charlottetown airport, The Guardian is reporting . The man was also charged with assault after allegedly pushing aside a health worker.

12:45 p.m.

Laval is Quebec’s hotspot for COVID cases

Laval is reporting by far the highest rate of new cases today.

The city just north of Montreal registered 25.3 cases per 100,000 people, ahead of Lanaudière (16) and the Laurentians (12).

Montreal’s rate: 3.1 per 100,000 people.

11:35 a.m.

Have you tried using a business-card-sized QR code?

A reader tells us he has had problems having his business-card-sized QR code recognized at some restaurants.

Let me know if you have tried using that sized code and how it went. Send your email to ariga@montrealgazette.com .

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Here’s his email, followed by what the provincial government is telling Quebecers about the small-format paper QR codes.

“There is a problem with the paper vaccine passports. Not all restaurants can read them correctly.

“My wife and I went to four restaurants recently and only two of them could read our paper passports. We are using the business-card-sized QR codes, and it does not seem to matter if it is plasticized or not.

“Are the servers not properly trained or is the camera in their cell phone not good enough? I should not be penalized because a restaurant can’t read my code when other restaurants can.”

Here’s what Quebec’s vaccine-passport webpage says about business-card QR codes:

QR code on paper (business-card

You can use the QR code received by email or text after your most recent dose of vaccine in a paper version. If you haven’t received your QR code, download it from the self-service portal. Follow the instructions on the portal to print your proof of vaccination. We suggest printing it in business-card format.

You must print in high quality as the code will not work if it is blurred. Make sure not to fold the QR code. You can laminate your proof yourself if you wish.

If you have trouble downloading your proof of vaccination, ask a friend or family member for help. You can also print your QR code and check your protection status at vaccination clinics.

Order by phone

If you do not have access to the Internet and a printer, please call 1-877-644-4545 and ask for your proof of vaccination in paper version to be mailed to you. You can laminate your proof yourself if you wish.

11:30 a.m.

Quebec wants at least 88% of eligible Quebecers double-vaccinated – Dubé

“Hospitalization continues to increase, with a high proportion of people not adequately immunized in intensive care,” Health Minister Christian Dubé said today, noting nine out of 10 people in ICUs are not adequately vaccinated.

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“The virus is still circulating, even though 69 per cent of the Quebec population is vaccinated. We must therefore remain cautious and continue to follow the measures.”

Dubé noted that 82 per cent of eligible Quebecers – those 12 and older – have received two vaccine doses, with 88 per cent having received a single dose.

“It’s encouraging to see the increase” in vaccinations, he said, but the trend must continue so that at least 88 per cent of Quebecers are double-vaccinated.

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11:15 a.m.

Update on Quebec’s vaccination campaign

11:15 a.m.

Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths

11:05 a.m.

Hospitalizations continue to climb as Quebec reports 639 cases, 1 death

Quebec has recorded 639 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

The seven-day rolling average is now 727 – the highest it has been since mid-May.

Over the weekend, the province reported the larges combined weekend total since May.

One new death was reported.

Hospitalizations continue to rise and are now at a level last seen in mid-June.

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

  • Montreal Island: 60 cases, 1 death.
  • Net increase in hospitalizations: 14, for a total of 227.
  • No change in number of intensive care patients: 75.
  • 13,034 additional vaccine doses were administered over the previous 24 hours.
  • 22,429 tests were conducted Saturday, the last day for which screening data is available.
  • Positivity rate: 2.9 per cent.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 398,425 cases and 11,305 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 380,825 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.

10:30 a.m.

Most people don’t need vaccine booster, scientists say

From the Bloomberg news agency:

COVID-19 vaccines work so well that most people don’t yet need a booster, an all-star panel of scientists from around the world said in a review that’s likely to fuel the debate over whether to use them.

Governments would be better served to focus on immunizing the unvaccinated and to wait for more data on which boosters, and at what doses, would be most effective, the authors, who included two prominent U.S. Food and Drug Administration experts, argued in the medical journal The Lancet.

They based their assessment on a wide range of real-world observational studies as well as data from clinical trials.

“None of the studies has provided credible evidence of substantially declining protection against severe disease,” the authors wrote. There could also be additional side-effect risks if boosters are introduced too soon or too broadly, they said.

The review comes as most countries with ample vaccine supplies debate whether to allocate doses for booster shots to prop up immunity and potentially help stop the spread of the more infectious Delta variant.

The U.S. plans to roll out booster shots starting Sept. 20, though the plan still needs sign-off from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Scientists are by no means unanimous on the topic of boosters. Even a small reduction in efficacy against the spread of COVID can strain a health care system, and “there is, therefore, no ‘one size fits all’ approach,” said Azra Ghani, chair in infectious disease epidemiology at Imperial College London, who wasn’t involved with the review.

A U.K. government advisory panel is set to recommend soon whether to move forward with the broad use of a third vaccine dose. Britain is already offering boosters to those with severely weakened immune systems, as are many European Union countries. The European Medicines Agency is also reviewing booster data from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

10:20 a.m.

More lockdowns would only be used as ‘last resort,’ UK says as England prepares to scrap vaccine passports

Britain’s government will only introduce a new COVID-19 lockdown as a last resort, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, after the country’s health minister signalled he did not expect to see them used again, the Reuters news agency reports.

“The ability to do that is retained as you would expect, but it would only be done in a last resort and as I said we are in a very different position thanks to the strength of our vaccination program than where we were when it was necessary to take those steps previously,” the spokesman told reporters.

Johnson himself said on Monday that they would do everything to protect the country but “the way things are going at the moment we’re very confident in the steps that we’ve taken.”

Meanwhile, the Bloomberg news agency is reporting that England plans to scrap vaccine passports:

Johnson will unveil the U.K.’s new approach in tackling Covid this week, preparing the country for a mass booster vaccination program and potential shots for teenagers — but scrapping plans for mandatory vaccine certificates in England.

The prime minister is expected to hold a press conference Tuesday outlining how a beefed-up inoculation program will try to keep the virus under control over the high-risk period of autumn and winter.

Even as cases remain high in Britain, Johnson wants to mark a new stage in the pandemic — ditching the threat of lockdowns and mandatory vaccine passports in favour of more individual freedoms.

It comes after a revolt from his own Conservative MPs in the House of Commons last week, with many warning that vaccine certificates were illiberal and unworkable. Johnson is keen to avoid a long-running fight with his party on the issue, just as he tries to convince them to back a controversial tax hike to fund the National Health Service.

The U.K. may also soon drop mandatory PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests for returning travellers who are fully vaccinated.

9:50 a.m.

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9:40 a.m.

Quebec Liberal leader tests negative after one of her MNAs contracts COVID-19

A West Island Liberal MNA has tested positive for COVID-19.

Monsef Derraji, who represents Nelligan riding and was fully vaccinated, announced the news on Sunday.

This morning, Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade said she has since been tested and is negative.

9:45 a.m.

B.C. vaccine card system takes effect, one dose required in many settings

British Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccine card system is now in effect as the province aims to curtail cases and hospitalizations in the fourth wave of the pandemic, The Canadian Press reports.

Anyone who wants to access a range of non-essential indoor settings must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, with a second shot required by Oct. 24.

The digital or paper vaccine card is required at settings such as ticketed sports events, concerts, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, casinos, gyms and movie theatres.

The card will not be required at grocery and liquor stores, pharmacies, fast food restaurants, salons, hotels, banks, retail stores, food banks and shelters.

Showing proof of vaccination is not required to vote in the Sept. 20 federal election.

The province says the system is in place until Jan. 31, 2022, and could be extended.

The vaccine card has spurred protests, including outside hospitals in B.C.

While some in the business community have expressed concern that would-be patrons who are upset about the vaccine card could threaten the safety of staff, Premier John Horgan has told businesses to call law enforcement if necessary.

Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba have also introduced vaccine passport programs.

9:20 a.m.

Police seek suspects after fires set at downtown protest against pandemic measures

Montreal police are on the lookout for those responsible for committing two criminal acts during a downtown protest this weekend against pandemic measures.

Read our full story.

9:20 a.m.

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Read our full story, by René Bruemmer.

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 .

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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.

Though the passport came into effect Sept. 1, no penalties will be issued for the first two weeks. Quebecers will be able to use a smartphone app to prove their vaccination status or simply carry their QR code on paper.

Quebecers can download the app 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 .

graphical user interface, text, application, chat or text message:  The Quebec government’s VaxiCode app is shown on a phone in Montreal, Wednesday, August 25, 2021. © Graham Hughes The Quebec government’s VaxiCode app is shown on a phone in Montreal, Wednesday, August 25, 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.

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 .

8:30 a.m.

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