COVID-19 in Mauricie: Minister Boulet discusses the vaccine passport

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Concerned by the outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Trois-Rivières, Labor Minister Jean Boulet suggested on Tuesday that several measures could be adopted, including the imposition of the vaccine passport.

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“What we’re going through is a temporary situation. We must ensure that our vaccination rate is increased. The vaccination passport is really a measure of last resort. If the need is there, it is a hypothesis that could be considered and we would be ready to do it, ”said Minister Boulet during a press conference held on behalf of the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé.

The latter made a similar speech on his Twitter account. “If the situation deteriorates, we will be ready to implement the vaccination passport, as already announced. All the more reason to be vaccinated before it is too late, ”wrote Minister Dubé, recalling that vaccination is“ safer than contracting the Delta variant ”.

The city of Trois-Rivières currently ranks first in Quebec for the number of cases per inhabitant, in particular due to outbreaks in the city center.

Only Tuesday, 28 new cases were announced in Mauricie, mainly concentrated in Trois-Rivières, while two were announced in Center-du-Quebec. In total, there were 152 active cases in these two regions, according to data from the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center of Mauricie-et-du-Center-du-Québec (CIUSSS-MCQ).

“The increase in cases is worrying in Mauricie. The majority are 18-30 years old. Eighty percent of these people did not receive their 1re dose and none received their 2e dose, ”said Minister Dubé.

In order to slow down this outbreak, the CIUSSS-MCQ has implemented four measures to slow the increase in the Mauricie region. Efforts will be concentrated in downtown Trois-Rivières with the presence of the mobile vaccination clinic on rue des Forges from Wednesday to Saturday.

Health authorities have also confirmed that a screening clinic should open in the coming days in the same area. Moreover, the reception capacity of the region will go from 200 tests per day to more than 500, thanks to an increase in staff, particularly in Trois-Rivières, but also in Shawinigan and Drummondville.

The CNESST is also called upon to join the effort. In collaboration with the CIUSSS, teams will visit restaurants, bars and shops in the city center to ensure compliance with health rules, but also to issue a reminder. Finally, psychosocial workers will be dispatched to the sector in order to make the population aware of vaccination, in particular.

The Deputy CEO of the CIUSSS-MCQ, Gilles Hudon, for his part assured that a return to the yellow zone is out of the question for the moment.

– With the collaboration of Raphaël Brouillette, TVA Nouvelles

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