The Kovid-19 vaccine campaign has entered the home stretch. While achieving the goals, Quebec is discontinuing the distribution of new doses to health organizations, while the network is reorganizing clinics to vaccinate those who arrive late.
The vaccine campaign has slowed in recent weeks. Quebec currently handles an average of 60,000 doses per day, which is well below the 100,000 maximum reached in early July.
A health network has been set up to reorganize vaccine clinics. CIUSSS du Center-aust-de-l-de-Montreal opened a central location Wednesday in the Park-Extension district in anticipation of the fall.
At 11 a.m., in front of the new clinic, a line is already forming at the corner of Rue Jean-Talon and Avenue du Park. Inside, residents are raising their sleeves, and all of the waiting area seats are occupied after vaccination.
Helen Vlahopoulos, a neighbor, was with her son for his second dose. “It’s a fast-paced place,” she says to explain her clinic choice. “A lot of people in the neighborhood need to be vaccinated,” she added. We are very comfortable here. ”
“Complete Your Vaccine”
Open seven days a week from 8am to 7:30 pm, the clinic can handle up to 1,000 doses a day, said Francine Dupis, deputy CEO of CIUSSS du Center. Montreal. The vaccination center will open when the MIL campus and park-extension CLSC sites cease operations. By August 29, the Bill-Durnan Arena site will have closed its doors. However, the Carey Decor Clinic is open to the public.
Launching the Central Site aims to make better use of the vaccine campaign staff. “We hope the fall will be quiet, but we don’t know how it will happen,” Francine Dupis said. We are available to enhance or contract the service depending on the situation. ”
With this clinic, MTo me Dupois wants to reach the goal of 75% of people who are fully vaccinated in Center-West.
We hope everyone comes boldly and completes their vaccination.
Francine Dupis, CIUSSS du Center Deputy CEO
If the clinic campaign in Park-Extension is facilitated, it will be open to all, the latter said. As of August 3, 56.4% of people living in Villeroy-St-Michelle-Park-Extension had received two doses. For the first dose, this number increases to 77.9%.
End of deliveries
Quebec announced on Wednesday that it would distribute the final vaccines to health centers this week. The 513,630 doses of Pfizer vaccine to be shipped to the province next week will be kept in reserve. The surplus is sent back to Ottawa, a sign that the vaccine is entering its home expansion. “No other delivery is planned at the moment. If necessary, other doses may be provided later,” the health ministry said in a statement.
Quebec has received 13.9 million doses so far, of which 11.3 million have already been administered. The province has a reserve of 2.7 million, enough to complete the vaccine. In fact, there are only 1.2 million people who received the first dose, and they have not yet received the second dose.
From 1Is September, it is always possible to lift your sleeve. The reserves are sufficient to vaccinate those who arrive late. It is also possible to give a third dose to people who have been vaccinated with two different vaccines and to those who need to take additional doses, such as the elderly or those who are immunocompromised, due to “special conditions”.
To date, 6.3 million Quebecs have received at least one dose, or 73.1% of the population. In the case of the second dose, 5 million cubes were received, or 58.6% of the population. Quebec says 69.1% of people 12 and older, including those on COVID-19 and single doses, are “fully vaccinated”.
“Better film” in late September
In Park-Extension, Francine Dupis explained that it is necessary to wait until the end of September to get a “better image” of the double-vaccinated population. On that date, the vaccines will be returned to schools and some places of worship.
Attending the Central Site inauguration, Park-Extension neighborhood table coordinator Eve Torres was concerned about the possibility of vaccinating residents in the neighboring north.
The new center, like many of the services it provides to the population, is located in the south, irritating Eve Torres.
Francine recalled that the Waxivan walk continued north of the Dupis district.
Will the changes made by CIUSSS du Center-Aust extend to the whole territory?
CIUSSS du Center-sud-de-l-de-Montreal spokeswoman Annie Dufour points out that “reflection is taking place at the Montreal level to provide a regional focus on the vaccine offer.”
CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, a spokesman for Christian Mercier, said they were studying different scenarios “to address some of the reductions in our vaccine offer in September”.
Quebec has announced that some commercial vaccination centers have ceased operations. This includes Cascades, Rio Tinto and Montreal airports. The rest will be closed gradually over the next few weeks.
With Pierre-Andre Normandin, Tap