(Quebec) Quebec is redistributing 34,000 doses intended for Montreal to seven regions of the province to slow down the surge of the third wave. The lion’s share goes to the Outaouais with the sending of 9,000 doses. The Capitale-Nationale and Bas-Saint-Laurent must receive 4,000 and 5,000 additional doses, respectively.
Posted on 1is April 2021 at 11:41 am
A first shipment of 7,000 doses of vaccine will first be sent in the next few days. These doses will be distributed in the Outaouais, the Capitale-Nationale, Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean and Estrie. The other 27,000 doses will be sent when the next vaccine shipments are received in Quebec, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) said.
After giving Montreal a boost, Quebec wants to speed up vaccination in regions of the province, especially those affected by the rapid spread of variants. On Wednesday, the Legault government announced that the Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Outaouais were switching from orange to red. The cities of Gatineau, Quebec and Lévis have also been put on “pause” until April 12, which includes the complete closure of schools.
“We have asked to speed up vaccination in certain regions. It is not for nothing that, in the last days, we have asked Montreal: listen, make a sacrifice, the same sacrifice that other regions were asked to do a few weeks ago for Montreal ”, a explained Wednesday the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé.
In accordance with Public Health recommendations, Quebec will therefore send 34,000 more doses to seven regions. Here are the regions that will benefit from this new allocation:
• Outaouais: 9,000 doses (26% of additional doses)
• Estrie: 7,000 doses (21% of additional doses)
• Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean: 6,000 doses (18% of additional doses)
• Bas-Saint-Laurent: 5,000 doses (15% of additional doses)
• Capitale-Nationale: 4000 doses (12% of additional doses)
• Laurentides: 2000 doses (6% of additional doses)
• Chaudière-Appalaches: 1000 doses (3% of additional doses)
The MSSS explains that people who have already made their appointment in Montreal will indeed have their vaccine. “We redirect vaccine doses from time slots that were not filled,” says one.
For now, the authorities are vaccinating people 65 years and over everywhere in Quebec, except in Montreal, Laval, on the North Shore and in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, where vaccination is open to people 60 years and over.
Quebec administered some 41,406 additional doses of vaccine on Wednesday. About 16.4% of the population (1,391,649 citizens) has so far received the first dose. And with 1,652,905 doses that have so far been received, the Legault government has a reserve of around 261,250 vaccines.
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