August 16, 2022 – Update by the provincial government regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
Here is a status report on the recent decisions and actions of the provincial government in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
François Legault, Premier of Québec, Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Luc Boileau, National Director of Public Health, and Caroline Quach, Chair of the Québec Immunization Committee (CIQ), today reported on the COVID-19 situation in Québec.
New mass vaccination campaign
As the return from vacation approaches, given the possibility of an eighth wave this fall, the Gouvernement du Québec is launching a mass vaccination campaign.
“If you had your last vaccination over five months ago, it’s important to get your booster dose. People are in a good mood, but we must always remain cautious. The vaccine is the reason we can have a little more normal life,” François Legault pointed out.
Starting August 17, the 75 plus age group may obtain an appointment for their booster dose.
Beginning August 22, it will be the turn of people age 60 and over. Vaccination will be open to the general public effective August 29.
The appointments may be made via the Clic Santé platform. The vaccination campaign will make it possible to vaccinate up to 300,000 people a week in over 150 vaccination centres.
Public Health recommends receiving a new dose five months after your last dose, regardless of the number of doses received to date.
However, if you have had COVID-19, you must wait three months after the disease to obtain a new booster dose.
Note that Public Health does not recommend waiting for the new vaccine, which will mainly target the Omicron variant, before making your appointment.
The vaccination campaign was launched on August 15 in the residential and long-term care centres (CHSLD), private seniors’ residences (PSR) and intermediate resources (IR).
“I know that some of us had COVID and did relatively well. This is particularly due to vaccination. Let’s be proactive to minimize the impact of a next wave. It’s time to go get boosted,” Christian Dubé emphasized.
The government does not plan to institute new population measures for now.