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August 5, 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.

Dr. Luc Boileau, National Director of Public Health, provides an on the COVID-19 situation in Québec.

New dose of the vaccine

As of August 15, a new dose of vaccine can be administered to residents of CHSLDs, people in private seniors’ residences, and those who live in places with a large number of elderly and vulnerable people.

It is not necessary to make an appointment, since the teams will travel to the areas concerned.

The recommended interval between two doses of vaccine is still five months, or three months if a person has contracted the disease.

This announcement is being made in a context where the seventh wave is experiencing signs of running out of steam. “The indicators are showing an improved situation for all parameters. The virus continues to circulate. We still have cases, but fewer than we had,” pointed out Dr. Boileau.

The rest of the vaccination campaign will be deployed in the order of priority that had been established during previous campaigns. Public Health plans to open vaccination to the entire population by the end of September.

8th wave in the fall

Public Health anticipates an increase in contacts, and possibly cases, beginning this fall.

“We estimate that, within a week or two, we will be able to model what should happen during the fall, but we believe that there will certainly be an increase in cases again,” mentioned Dr. Boileau.

For the time being, there are no plans to reinstate mandatory protective measures to fight COVID-19.