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Quebec will begin vaccinating seniors next week

Quebec will begin vaccinating seniors next weekEmile Nadeau

Quebec will begin vaccinating seniors age 85 and over against COVID-19 starting next week.

Premier Francois Legault made the announcement today from a press conference at Montreal’s Olympic stadium stating it will go by birth year with the first dose given to people born in 1936 or earlier.

He was joined by Health Minister Christian Dube and Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda. According to Legault, people are asked to book an appointment online starting on Thursday.

Once you get the first shot, health-care professionals will be able to confirm the date of the second shot.

More information for those 75 years and older is expected to be announced in the coming days.

 

According to Statistics Canada, there are 753,760 people age 70 to 79 in Quebec. Among those, 326,644 seniors are 80-89 and 78,965 are between 90 to 99. Surprisingly, there are also 2,835 seniors 100 and over.

Since Dec. 14, over 350,000 Quebecers have received shots. The first phase of the vaccination campaign in Quebec placed a priority on residents in CHSLDs and other senior homes as well as health-care workers.

Quebec is expected to receive 600,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine over the next six weeks to add to the 107,640 doses received this week along with 28,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

 

Quebec reported Tuesday that 739 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The province also reported 13 new deaths linked to the virus, including one death in the past 24 hours.

There are currently 680 people in the hospital due to the virus. Of those, 120 are in the intensive care ward.

Since the start of the pandemic, 10,330 people have died due to the novel coronavirus in Quebec.

 

Where to get vaccinated

Not all sites have been announced yet but here are the ones in the Montreal area that have been confirmed:

Palais des congres de Montreal - 1001 Jean-Paul-Riopelle Place

The Olympic Stadium - 4545 Pierre-de Coubertin Avenue

Decarie Square Shopping Centre - 6900 Décarie Boulevard

A shared office building - 7101 Parc Avenue

Bill-Durnan Arena - 4988 Vézina Street

Bob-Birnie Arena - 58 Maywood Avenue (Pointe-Claire)

The Dollard-St-Laurent Sports Centre - 707 75e Avenue (Lasalle)

Gerry-Robertson Community Centre - 9665 Gouin Boulivard W (Pierrefonds-Roxboro)

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