COVID-19: Quebec will begin to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 on Wednesday | Coronavirus

The news was confirmed late Tuesday afternoon at a press conference attended by Prime Minister François Legault, Minister of Health and Social Services Christian Dubé, National Director of Public Health Horacio Arruda and the director of the vaccination campaign, Daniel Paré.

François Legault assured not to want put pressure on anyone. But he nonetheless invited Quebec families to carefully weigh the benefits that the vaccination of children would bring to themselves, to their loved ones and to Quebec society as a whole.

According to him, all households that wish will be able to obtain a first dose of vaccine by Christmas. The second dose will be offered to children aged 5 to 11 eight weeks later, so from mid-January.

Moreover, Quebec has already opened the appointment setting, Tuesday morning, on the portal Clic Santé. By afternoon, no less than 80,000 time slots had already been reserved, the Prime Minister said.

« It is an important day, which will change the COVID situation in Quebec. »

A quote from François Legault, Premier of Quebec

Details on the organization of the school-based immunization campaign were not detailed on Tuesday. But François Legault gave the assurance that no child would be vaccinated without the written authorization of their parents.

The health emergency lifted in early 2022?

According to the Premier of Quebec, the back to normal cannot be done without vaccination for 5 to 11 year olds. Questioned on the subject, Mr. Legault however refused to set a vaccination rate beyond which the health emergency, in force since March 14, 2020, could be waived.

According to him, the health emergency remains necessary to impose the wearing of face coverings in public places; to require the vaccination passport in certain places; to pay certain premiums in the health sector; and to hire workers recruited via the I contribute platform.

He did, however, raise the possibility of lifting it for good. somewhere in late February, early March, when the children have received their second dose.

In the meantime, the Prime Minister said he hoped to be able to expand by Christmas the health rules, which currently prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people. That said, Mr. Legault was careful not to promise anything on Tuesday, explaining that he wanted to avoid do like last year and to be forced to back down.

We are going to give each other a little bit more time, he said, showing concern at the slight increase in cases that we have recently witnessed.

By launching the vaccination campaign for children aged 5 to 11, Quebec is following in the footsteps of other provinces, such as Ontario, which has also opened the appointment setting for children. Tuesday morning. In Manitoba, where the time slots opened up on Monday, close to 18,000 children have already secured an appointment.

Last week, Minister Dubé said he was ready to begin immunizing toddlers, who number around 650,000 in the province, in the days following the green light from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

This approval was finally granted on Friday., while the Quebec Immunization Committee gave its Tuesday.

Young Quebecers who will be vaccinated in the coming days will receive the Comirnaty vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech – the first vaccine against COVID-19 approved in the country for this age group. Canada received at the end of the week its first batch of an order of 2.9 million doses.

These doses represent a third of those normally administered to their elders.

According to data from a survey conducted by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), nearly a quarter of parents of children aged 5 to 11 are opposed to their vaccination against COVID-19.

More details will follow.

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