Extra Moderna vaccines will enable Quebec to speed up its timeline for second doses, Well being Minister Christian Dubé mentioned, after Ottawa on Wednesday introduced it anticipated to obtain seven million doses of that vaccine this month.
“Because of this announcement, we will rapidly transfer second doses forward for individuals who have obtained Moderna,” Dubé tweeted, including that Quebec remains to be ready for supply particulars from the federal authorities.
Final week, Quebec mentioned individuals can rebook their vaccination appointments after it shortened the interval between first and second doses of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.
However on Monday, Dubé mentioned solely individuals who had obtained the Pfizer vaccine would be capable of reschedule their appointments resulting from restricted provides of the Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.
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On Wednesday morning, the Well being Division mentioned Quebec was anticipating to obtain 21,700 doses of Moderna this week. After the federal announcement, it mentioned it now hopes to obtain an extra 1.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine this month.
Folks will be capable of start rebooking their appointments for second doses of Moderna as soon as the supply dates and the particular portions that shall be despatched to Quebec are confirmed, spokeswoman Marie-Hélène Emond wrote in an electronic mail.
Second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine can be found at walk-in vaccination websites, she mentioned, and by appointment in elements of the province.
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In Montreal, walk-in clinics are administering the Pfizer vaccine for first and second doses, mentioned Annie Dufour, a spokeswoman for the well being board in south-central Montreal. The Moderna vaccine has been provided at some walk-in websites prior to now and could also be provided once more at these websites as provide will increase, she added.
In response to Quebec’s public well being institute, 66.9 per cent of residents — and 76.5 per cent of these over 12 — have obtained a minimum of one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. About 9.4 per cent of residents are adequately vaccinated: both they obtained two doses or have had the illness and obtained a single dose, the institute mentioned.
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In the meantime, Quebec reported 178 new circumstances of COVID-19 Wednesday, the fourth consecutive day well being officers have reported fewer than 200 new infections. Officers additionally reported eight extra deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, together with one inside the earlier 24 hours.
The Well being Division mentioned hospitalizations dropped by six from the day earlier than, to 257, and the variety of intensive care sufferers remained unchanged at 60.
Well being officers mentioned 74,208 doses of vaccine have been administered Tuesday, including that 20,137 COVID-19 assessments have been accomplished that day. The positivity price was 0.8 per cent — the primary time since final August Quebec’s test-positivity price dropped beneath one per cent, Dubé mentioned.
Montreal reported the best variety of new circumstances Wednesday, with 61, adopted by the Chaudière-Appalaches area, south of Quebec Metropolis, with 21 new infections.
The Chaudière-Appalaches area is essentially the most affected on a per-capita foundation, with 50.2 lively circumstances per 100,000 individuals, in accordance with the province’s public well being institute. There are 26.5 lively circumstances of COVID-19 per 100,000 individuals in Quebec.
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