Quebec: The Quebec province is launching a fresh Covid-19 vaccination campaign ahead of the upcoming new school year and many employees resuming office shifts.
Premier François Legault, in his first-ever appearance at the Covid-19 press conference in six months, said that due to covid vaccine, life is almost back to normal. He urged people to get a Covid-19 dose at once who have not had it in the last five months or more.
He said that Quebecers who are aged 75 and above can get an appointment now for the fifth dose against the coronavirus. Those who are over 60 their appointment from Monday along with those 12 or older with health conditions can get the vaccination. He said that people above 18 can book their shot from August 29.
The development comes a day after Quebec authorities have started offering 5th Covid-19 vaccine doses to residents of long-term care homes and private seniors’ residences.
“I urge people to take your booster dose for three reasons: first for you, then for the vulnerable people around you and then for the health network personnel,” Legault said.
300,000 doses per week
Joined by Health Minister Chirstian Dubé, Public Health Director Dr. Luc Boileau and others, Legault said that the health department presently offers 300,000 doses of vaccine per week.
The Minister said that 150 vaccination clinics will be accessible in total apart from pharmacies. The mass vaccination site at the Olympic Stadium is also being reopened.
The Minister clarified that no new measures have been taken ahead of the school year, such as the wearing of masks, particularly because no new variant of Covid-19 was detected in Quebec as of now.
“Our classrooms are safe and we are following public health recommendations. That’s all,” Legault added.
Meanwhile, all Quebec adults are eligible to get the fourth dose five months after their last vaccination.