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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Thursday

Quebecers born in 1936 or earlier are now able to reserve their spot for a COVID-19 vaccine, and in some parts of the province, they have even begun getting their shots.  Here's what you need to know.

Laval regional health board began vaccinating people as of noon

People can reserve COVID-19 vaccination appointments as of Thursday morning. In some cases, they can even get their shots later that same day. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada)
  • Quebec reported 858 new cases on Thursday and 16 more deaths. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 285,330 confirmed cases and 10,361 people have died (one previously reported death has been removed from the total after it was determined not to be related to COVID-19).
  • There are 633 people in hospital (a decrease of 22), including 122 in intensive care (a decrease of eight).
  • 8,300 doses of vaccine were administered on Wednesday. A total of 387,076 doses have been administered since Dec. 14.

Quebecers born in 1936 or earlier are now able to reserve their spot for a COVID-19 vaccine, and in some parts of the province, they have already begun getting their shots.

When the province unveiled its plans to inoculate the general population, it said vaccinations would begin as of next Monday. However, the regional health board for Laval is ready to go, and had appointment slots beginning at noon. 

People can reserve an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, through the online portal quebec.ca/covidvaccine or by phone at 1-877-644-4545.

The government will allow some exceptions, and some people who were born after 1936 will be able to get vaccinated during this stage of the campaign. 

Quebec is also expected to make pediatric procedural masks mandatory in elementary schools in red zones after March break.

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  • Quebec is under fire for failing to accommodate seniors unable to leave home for vaccinations.

  • Montreal Public Health says variants are concerning, despite the start of a wider vaccination campaign.

  • Elderly Quebecers are looking forward to COVID-19 vaccine, but they have questions they want answered.

  • Here's where returning Quebecers will have to quarantine, on their own dime. 

  • Provincial modelling says Quebec can cope with coronavirus variants if people follow the rules.

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

    • Fever. 
    • New or worsening cough. 
    • Difficulty breathing. 
    • Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
    • Gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea, diarrhea).  

    If you think you may have COVID-19, the government asks that you call 1‑877‑644‑4545 to schedule an appointment at a screening clinic. 

    Quebec government reminders for preventing the spread of COVID-19: 

    • Wash your hands frequently.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask is mandatory in enclosed public spaces across the province.
    • Stay at least two metres away from other people as much as possible. 
    • Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a stay outside the country.

    You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here

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