The vaccination campaign began Thursday morning in Quebec with 12.5 calls per second to determine appointments, with the province hoping for 700,000 doses by the end of March.
“The platform is there, it works,” Health Minister Christian Dubey told a news conference.
However, due to issues related to “bandwidth” failures related to reservation by phone were accepted. He therefore invited Quebeckers under the age of 85 to wait before registering for the vaccine out of “solidarity” with their adults.
Despite all that, 70,000 appointments were made on Thursday morning. “We are very happy,” said Minister Dubey.
He agreed that it was impossible for seniors’ guardians to register for the vaccine on Thursday morning. We have to wait for Quebec to resolve some issues with the online questionnaire.
“This correction, I’m making this morning, but because the platform is in real time, it’s getting ready tonight and it’s a problem. [vendredi] In the morning, ”the minister said.
Quebec wants to be able to vaccinate people aged 70 and over when going to one of the designated centers.
Several weeks after the vaccine delivery slowed, the government now hopes to receive 400,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine and 300,000 doses of Moderna’s total of 700,000 doses, by the end of March.
Vaccinations in most areas outside of Montreal will begin in the week of March 8, Christian Dubey also recalled.
He said an agreement had been reached in principle with pharmacists to help promote the vaccine.