Christian Dubé shared his concerns in a letter posted on Facebook on Friday.
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The Minister of Health took the opportunity to explain the situation in which Quebec finds itself. Although the province is among the world leaders in vaccination, and the rate could reach 90% by the end of September, Christian Dubé is worried.
“I admit that September worries me a lot. It is because the return to class at school, CEGEP, university, and the return to work will increase contacts, which should lead to more cases and, therefore, to more. hospitalizations, ”he wrote.
He therefore asks Quebeckers, on the eve of the Labor Day long weekend, to be careful. Even if they are vaccinated.
It also offers a thought to health workers, who have had to fight the virus for months.
“And it is a lot for them that vaccinated people must act with caution, and that unvaccinated people must participate in the collective effort,” he explains.
Christian Dubé therefore pleads for vaccination, inviting unvaccinated people to receive their doses.
“We can still all convince an unvaccinated person to do this,” he says.
Indeed, the coming weeks will be critical for hospitals, according to INESSS forecasts, and particularly in the greater Montreal area.
Thus, with the new variants that risk mutating, collective immunity seems to be an increasingly impossible objective, underlines the Minister.
“The virus is very likely to mutate as variants which will pose constant challenges to us in the months and perhaps even years to come. Instead of looking for the date when all this will end, we will have to learn to live with the virus, ”therefore summarizes Christian Dubé.
He specifies that the province will have no other choice but to accept a certain number of cases and hospitalizations to eventually return to normal life.