The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be given on Monday, December 21 in the Mauricie – Center-du-Québec region.
“Good news,” said the regional director of public health, Dr. Marie Josée Godi, but that does not mean the end of health measures since the doses will arrive gradually over the coming months.
As the Minister of Health announced on Monday, vaccination will be done gradually by prioritizing the most vulnerable groups, that is to say people with a great loss of autonomy who reside in CHSLDs or in nursing homes. intermediate and family-type resources (RI-RTF), workers in the health and social services network in contact with users and people living in private seniors’ residences (RPA) or in certain closed environments housing the elderly.
It is the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech that will be offered in the first place and as this one needs to be stored at temperatures of -70 degrees Celsius to maintain its effectiveness, two vaccination clinics will be opened initially in the region: one in Mauricie and a second in Center-du-Québec. For now, the CIUSSS MCQ has not disclosed precisely where they would be located.
“As the vaccines arrive, the vaccines will be given directly in the living environments and through the health network that offers the influenza vaccine,” said Dr. Godi.
The regional director of public health does not foresee a staff shortage when the vaccination campaign enters a more intense phase since, if necessary, a ministerial decree already adopted will make it possible to mobilize several health professionals or students, able to inoculate the vaccine, to do so.
The number of doses that will arrive in the region on December 21 has not been released but the vaccine will be distributed on a pro rata basis to the populations in each region. Note that the cities of Montreal and Quebec have been designated as priorities by the Government of Quebec and the vaccination campaign there will begin on Monday, December 14.
The number of new cases for the last day stands at 55 in the region. This increase represents 29 additional cases for Mauricie and 26 for Center-du-Québec. In return, 71 people have recovered from COVID-19.
Hospitalizations are two more people than yesterday, bringing the total to 61 hospitalizations. However, it should be noted that 5 of these people do not occupy one of the places in the region dedicated to COVID-19 hospitalizations. Instead, they are taken care of in a unit at the Hôtel-Dieu d’Arthabaska Hospital in Victoriaville. Regarding the intensive care sector, the number of hospitalizations remains unchanged with 7 people hospitalized.
Finally, three deaths that occurred in community housing resources and at home were added to the region’s toll.