June 30, 2022

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Second dose of vaccine in RPAs | “I can finally go see my grandchildren”

Second dose of vaccine in RPAs |  "I can finally go see my grandchildren"

Quebec expects the administration of the second dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine at private seniors’ residences (RPAs) to be completed by Monday. Already, CSSS de Laval has delighted many residents with the last day of vaccination in the RPAs of its territory on Friday.

Miriam Bouillon

During the passage Tap At RPA Oasis Saint-Martin in Laval, 243 of the 248 residents (“finally!”) Received their second dose. The other five refused “for personal reasons,” said founding director Nicole Gaulet.

Vaccinations were held at RPA Oasis Saint-Martin. “Like a mosquito bite, you can smell nothing! , Started by Bertrand Arbor, a 90-year-old resident. If the masks hid the smiles, the bright eyes testified to their satisfaction at receiving their final dose.

“We need a little more freedom,” explains Hugget Provencal, 87, who sits in the waiting room after the vaccination and is set up in a residential chapel. “I can finally go to my kids, have a family meal, good. It’s been a long time! ”

The busy schedule of the reunion is waiting for another resident Rose Brochu. When her second dose shows full effect, she is already planning to visit her family in the Quebec City area. She had not seen her for over a year. OmTo me Brochu is also thinking of helping his sister get out. “Life begins again. It’s really encouraging, we’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel, ”she said.

Since the onset of the epidemic, face-to-face activities have been very rare in the residence. Nicole Goulette, however, was “unveiled” by her staff. Fitness activities were also broadcast live on mass television so that residents could watch in their rooms.

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Despite everything, there is a need to come together among the elderly, including 76-year-old Helen Gagnon. “Pocket baseball activities have been canceled. Although card games and bingo have relaunched, they are limited to eight. I can’t wait to see each other with the other residents, ”she said nostalgically.

Preserve barrier signals

Despite the high immunity rate by the second dose, concerns remain. Since the outbreak began, Helen Gagnon has been away from shopping. Instead, his son helps him. Despite this second dose, she does not think she will ever go back. “I’m still afraid to shop, because there are a lot of people who do not respect the rules,” she said.

Ditto for Rose Brooch who plans to perform health activities. “I do not think I will lose these habits,” she said, referring to wearing a mask, physical distance and hand washing.

Across the province, the vaccination campaign in CHSLDs is over. About RPA, 94.5% of residents, or 121,322, received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Ministry of Health. As of May 28, 92,897 people had received their second dose in the morning.

However, the ministry is of the view that some exceptions may apply. Especially in the case of people who have just arrived in the RPA and received their first dose of the vaccine. Individuals who reject the vaccine also need to be considered.