Ontarians take doses intended for Quebec

Ontarians take doses intended for Quebec
Ontarians take doses intended for Quebec

OTTAWA | Ontarians are taking advantage of vaccines reserved for Quebecers by getting vaccinated in the Outaouais, where the distribution of doses goes faster than at home.

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“We have, Ontarians, we have a lot. It also comes from all over Quebec, from Mont-Tremblant and elsewhere ”, indicates a person in charge of the Wakefield clinic whose The newspaper does not give out identity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Wakefield is located about twenty minutes from the capital, on the edge of Gatineau Park, a popular area for vacationers.

In the clinic parking lot, seven out of 45 vehicles were registered in Ontario, when the Journal.

At the clinic at the Palais des congrès de Gatineau, the phenomenon is even more striking: almost half of the vehicles present are from Ontario.

“We concede that there are people from Ontario who have made an appointment to receive their vaccine in our vaccination clinics,” said the spokesperson for the CISSS de l’Outaouais, Patricia Rhéaume

Photo Anne Caroline Desplanques

This person will be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the vaccination clinic in Wakefield, in the Outaouais, where many Ontarians who own second homes are immunized before being entitled to them in Ontario.

65 years against 75 years

In Ontario, for the moment, doses are reserved for 75 years and over, while in Outaouais all 65 years and over are welcome, with or without a Quebec health insurance card.

An Ontario retiree he met in Wakefield said it was “only natural” for him to have received his first dose here a few days ago and to now accompany his wife, since both of them spend most of their time in the hospital. their chalet.

“I don’t even know where or when I can get it in Ottawa,” he explains in English before quickly locking himself in his SUV registered in Ontario.

Proof of residency

“We are currently putting in an additional check aimed at requesting proof of residence when the vaccine is administered,” says Mme Rhéaume.

But proof of residence is already required in clinics, in addition to an identity card. The residence in question may however be secondary.

“We were asked for our proof of residence twice,” assured a lady at the Journal before boarding another car registered in Ontario.

Mme Rhéaume appeals to the “good judgment of the population” and emphasizes that interregional travel is not recommended.

Quebec yesterday imposed a strict containment in Gatineau, stressing that the proximity to Ottawa is a problem for the transmission of the virus.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford will announce this morning that his province will return to full containment for a month, with the goal of slowing the third wave of COVID-19. In doing so, the Ontario government will order the closure of bars, restaurants, gyms, beauty and hair salons, and other entertainment and cultural venues.

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