The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé provided an update on vaccination, while recalling that the situation remains worrisome due to the increase in hospitalizations.
The number of COVID-19 cases is more stable with an average of 2,100 cases. “Today, we have 1,523 hospitalizations, which is linked to the increase in cases two weeks ago,” says Dubé. We must not let go. We have to play as a team and we will win the race against time. The best news we could have is better stabilization of cases. “
A first dose was given to 8,339 people on Wednesday for a total of 115,000 people. “Tuesday, we received 40,950 doses as planned,” adds the minister. To date, 162,000 doses have been received since the start of vaccination. We still aim to be 250,000 people vaccinated by mid-February. More than half of CHSLD residents in Quebec have received a first dose. It’s good news. For several days, the vaccination has been going smoothly. “
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends that the second dose be given no more than 42 days (six weeks) after the first, but depending on the epidemiological situation, it is possible to go up to 90 days. “Our goal is to vaccinate as many people as possible to save lives,” says Dubé. The second dose will be given at the beginning of March. “
Vaccination in retirement homes will begin on January 25. “Using all the doses we receive will allow us to reach not only people with RPA, but also people aged 80 and over for example, who are at greater risk of complications,” explained Dr. Richard Massé, strategic consultant at the National Directorate of Public Health. This makes it possible to anticipate vaccination for nearly 500,000 people. It is a significant gain. As soon as we are able, we will shorten the interval to give the second dose. “