The COVID-19 vaccination campaign will begin next week in Mauricie and Center-du-Québec. The CIUSSS de la Mauricie-et-du-Center-du-Québec (MCQ) received 6,000 doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech for its entire territory in order to cover the first three weeks of vaccination, i.e. the weeks of December 21, December 28 and January 4.
Two vaccination sites have been identified so far, which will allow up to 3,000 people to be vaccinated. In Center-du-Québec, it is the Drummondville community center, while in Mauricie, the first vaccines will be given at the CHSLD Cloutier-du Rivage.
In Mauricie, this means that the CIUSSS will offer the vaccine in priority to the 170 users of this CHSLD, then to employees working in the CHSLDs. However, they will have to travel to the CHSLD Cloutier-du Rivage to receive the vaccine, since the doses cannot be moved.
Subsequently, other vaccination sites will be deployed across the region, the objective being to offer the vaccine as close as possible to the place of residence of people.
“We will eventually cover the entire territory in Mauricie and Center-du-Québec. Each resident in a CHSLD will be vaccinated in their living environment. The Cloutier-du Rivage Center was notably chosen as a vaccination site because of the reception capacity of the place, ”says Dr. Marie Josée Godi, regional director of public health and population responsibility at the CIUSSS MCQ.
La Mauricie and Center-du-Québec have 27 CHSLDs which bring together around 2,500 residents. The CIUSSS also estimates that 2000 the number of health workers working with this clientele. “Anyone can be vaccinated. We are waiting to have other information for the rest of the deployment. That number will grow quite quickly when we expand to other health care workers, but for now, that’s the volume we anticipate. It is also necessary to foresee that the vaccine requires two doses, ”adds Dr. Godi.
Current vaccination resources will be used for the first few weeks of COVID-19 vaccination. The CIUSSS continues to recruit and train staff for the rest of the work, according to the scenarios that will be chosen.
Dr. Godi maintains that according to national polls, the vast majority of Quebecers are in favor of vaccination. “On our side, we are working to provide answers to the questions of people who oppose the vaccination against COVID-19. We want to give them as much accurate information as possible. Vaccination will allow us to return to normality, ”she insists.
Outbreaks that end
Dr Godi had encouraging news to share regarding the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the region. The Regional Directorate of Public Health notes that several outbreaks in schools will end in the coming days. In addition, outbreaks are quickly circumscribed in the workplaces and although community transmission is still present, it is less so than in recent weeks.
“It’s busy, but stable in terms of hospitalizations,” continues Dr. Godi. We see a slight downward trend at CHAUR’s COVID unit, about 20 fewer hospitalizations compared to the last two weeks. This is in accordance with the epidemiological situation observed in Mauricie. However, for several weeks, the plateau of new cases has been maintained for about six weeks and the pressure on the health network is still present. ”
Over the past 24 hours, Mauricie and Center-du-Québec have seen an increase of 22 and 45 new cases for a total regional number of 67. However, three deaths in the region are deplored, two at home and one occurring. in a community accommodation resource.
Hospitalizations have dropped by two in the past day, bringing the total to 43 hospitalizations. The intensive care sector for its part experienced an increase (+2) with 9 people hospitalized.
“The start of vaccination does not mean the end of health measures, however, she recalls. We must continue to protect our loved ones. Several months will still be necessary to immunize the population sufficiently. “
Dr. Godi last invites the population to recharge their batteries during the holiday season and to do outdoor activities while respecting the most recent guidelines in this area.