On February 23, 2021, Premier Legault lifted the hearts of Quebecers when he outlined the Covid-19 vaccine schedule.  After frustrating delays, large shipments of vaccines have started to arrive.  We can finally see the light at the end of this pandemic tunnel.

Most of the seniors living in long-term care facilities, or CHSLDs, have received their first shots.  Over 200,000 health care professionals have also been vaccinated.

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

Due to staggered deliveries of the different vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson etc), the government is rolling out delivery to the most vulnerable citizens first.

The first group is seniors over the age of 85 years.  Seniors may make an appointment by telephone or online to secure an appointment.  Registration starts Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8 a.m.  Visit www.quebec.ca/vaccincovid to register online, or call 1-877-644-4545.  Have your RAMQ card handy as you will need the number. Once registered, the patient will be given an appointment at a vaccination clinic close to their home.  The Montreal General and The Royal Vic are serving our neighbouhood.

In some circumstances, a caregiver accompanying the 85+ senior to the vaccine centre may be given a vaccine as well – the caregiver must be 70+ years old.

Vaccination sites include Decarie Square, 7101 Avenue du Parc, the Bill Durnan Arena, the Palais de Congres, the CUSM Glen Site, the Montreal General Hospital and the CLSC Metro.

It will take about 2 weeks for the approximately 200,000 85+ seniors to be vaccinated.

This exciting news does not include our clients, seniors who live at home.  Due to the fact that the only vaccine available in Quebec right now is the Pfizer vaccine, the shots have to be delivered in a secure environment.  This is because of the refrigeration needed to keep the Pfizer vaccine stable.  Once the Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines start to arrive in Quebec, announcements will be made as to delivery to those seniors who are not mobile and those who are living at home.  These vaccines do not need as much refrigeration so they can be sent along with the CLSC nurse.  If you have a file with the CLSC, please be proactive and call your Social Worker to make sure that you get the latest information.

The next group to be vaccinated will be the 70 – 79 years age group,   then the 60 – 69 years age group, adults under 60 who have a chronic disease or health problem, then the rest of the adult population.

As the situation continues to be dynamic, there may be changes, so it is a good idea to listen to the news or consult the Government’s Covid website for updates: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/progress-of-the-covid-19-vaccination/

Also, for more information you can visit www.ciussscentreouest.ca.

The vaccination campaign being organized in Quebec is the responsibility of the Government of Quebec and Public Health officials.