December 9, 2023

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Vaccinations for all begin “until the end of May” in Quebec

Vaccinations for all begin "until the end of May" in Quebec

The general population should have access to the vaccine “by the end of May”, Minister Christian Dubey believes pharmacists now have the “flexibility” to vaccinate their clients under the age of 60 who are suffering from chronic diseases.

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Considering the quantity of vaccines available, the Minister of Health is confident that vaccinations for groups currently 8 and 9, i.e. high-risk chronic patients and required labor, will be completed by the end of next month.

Therefore, “we can go to the general population,” Minister Dubey told a news conference in Buseville on Thursday afternoon.

The government aims to provide the first dose to the entire adult population by June 24.

Mr Dubey reiterated that public health was looking at the possibility of expanding the estrogena vaccine offer to other age groups 55 years and older.

“Be patient for a few days,” the minister said.

Dubey on Thursday defended the fact that patients aged 60 and under have not yet had access to an appointment. It relies on pharmacists to vaccinate their clients who are suffering from chronic diseases, but who have not been hospitalized or are not being followed on an on-patient basis.

As reported on our pages, many of them do not understand why they are not vaccinated, but public health from the beginning of winter gives them hope.

When asked to comment on the example of a 30-year-old woman suffering from diabetes, Dubey suggested that “her pharmacist may decide to vaccinate her.” […] We are there. ”

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However, at the moment, Benoit Morin, president of the Pharmacist Owners’ Association, responds, “We do not have enough dosage and we are not there yet.”

“It will happen, but probably after a while,” Mr Morin said, adding that it is hoped that patients with chronic illnesses will be able to get appointment bookings by Click Sante, before the general population.

Currently, pharmacists are drowning in calls from chronic patients who are struggling to understand the sequence formed by public health, which creates frustration.

“It’s hell and it freezes our daily activities,” Morin said.

Earlier at Salon Blue, Liberal MP Mary Montpit criticized Minister Dubey for being “misled by a chronic illness”.

“Physicians, for the time being, are certainly sounding the alarm on the risks of complications admitting these patients to the hospital, Ms. Mont‌pit. Can the Minister reverse his decision and assure that he will really give priority to people suffering from chronic illness?”

“The opposition will bring politics into these delicate situations,” replied the minister, who seeks refuge behind the recommendations of public health.

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