COVID-19: delayed vaccination in private residences for seniors in Quebec

Vaccination against COVID-19 will not begin Monday as planned in private seniors’ residences in Quebec.

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The Ministry of Health confirmed the QMI Agency on Sunday evening that this delay is due to delays in the delivery of the vaccine by the Pfizer company.

“The vaccination schedule is being reviewed. I don’t know when it will start. The delay is because of Pfizer. The doses have really decreased, ”said the spokesperson for the Quebec Ministry of Health, Marjorie Larouche, in a telephone interview.

Last Tuesday, the government of Quebec had already announced reductions when it was learned that Pfizer was not going to deliver a vaccine next week in the country.

Instead of 38,000 people from private seniors’ residences to be vaccinated by February 8, the government had specified that it would only be 21,000. This latter figure therefore no longer seems relevant with the suspension of the start of vaccination. in these residences.

The vast majority of residents of residential and long-term care centers (CHSLDs) have already received a first dose of vaccine against COVID-19. A good part of the nursing staff too.

This week, Pfizer’s vaccine shipments were reduced by 18% in Canada. There won’t be any next week. This means that the pharmaceutical will deliver on average only half of the doses planned for the next four weeks, due to the expansion work in its facilities in Belgium.

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