Impatient Cubans will have to wait until almost two weeks before Christmas before Thursday to find out the facts to see if they can get health relief during the holidays.
According to information obtained by our Parliamentary Bureau, this is the scene currently on the table. One thing is for sure, our communities have assured us that the game plan for the holidays will not be unveiled today.
With the recent arrival of the Omicron variant, the director of national public health, Horacio Arruda, decided to give himself a few days before deciding what would be allowed during Christmas.
Earlier last week, Dr Arruda warned that he would be given a “minimum” time until December 6 before making his recommendations to the government.
Considering the amount of reductions made last month (relaxations to bars and restaurants, dances and concerts refunds, etc.), allowing the maximum number of people in private meetings remains a major issue that remains unresolved.
The 10-person limit in the Green Zone was established last June, with 75% of Cubans receiving only one dose of the vaccine. However, as of yesterday, 81% of the eligible population had been double-vaccinated.
Last week, Prime Minister Franois Legalt reiterated that he wanted to increase the limit to 20 or 25. Faced with criticism, he had to reiterate that he relied on public health.
Although daily reports in recent days often exceed the bar of 1000 new cases, Mr Legalt says he is encouraged by the number of people admitted to the hospital, which is relatively consistent.
Health Minister Christian Dubey will still provide an update on the vaccine campaign in Quebec at 1pm. Accompanying him are Dr. Arruda and Daniel Pare, the Big Boss of the operation.
A third dose of vaccine should be considered for newer sections of the population. The booster dose offer, starting with adults and health workers, develops in the same order as observed at the beginning of the vaccine campaign.
To date, the booster dose has been reserved for the elderly aged 70 years and older, as well as immunocompromised individuals who receive two doses of estrogenica six months after the last injection.
Among children, as of yesterday, nearly 42% of Kubeckers between the ages of 5 and 11 had received the first dose of the vaccine or were waiting for their appointment.
Vaccinations have been delayed in many schools due to staff shortages. However, appointment slots have now been provided for children for two weeks at mass vaccination centers.