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

With more than 100,000 people 85 and up already registered for a vaccine across the province, Montreal public health have now made reservations available for residents 80 and over. Here's what you need to know.

Province expects to receive at least 600,000 vaccine doses in March

Nearly 100,000 Quebec residents signed up for vaccinations on Thursday. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada)
  • Quebec reported 815 new cases on Friday and 11 more deaths. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 286,145 confirmed cases and 10,372 people have died. 
  • There are 620 people in hospital (a decrease of 13), including 119 in intensive care (a decrease of three).
  • 12,038 doses of vaccine were administered on Wednesday. A total of 400,540 doses have been administered since Dec. 14.

With more than 100,000 people 85 and up already registered for a vaccine across the province, Montreal public health have now made reservations available for residents 80 and over.

Those accompanying patients to vaccine sites may be vaccinated at the same time if they are 70 or over, and in the presence of the patient at least three days per week.

COVID-19 vaccinations in the general population are underway in Laval, and people in Montreal will get the shot starting Monday.

For the rest of the province, including the Montérégie and Quebec City regions, vaccines will be administered the following week. 

To reserve  an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go on the online portal You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

Meanwhile, March break is here, and as of today, cinemas as well as indoor pools and rinks are allowed to reopen in the province's red zones.

If you have been feeling isolated, we've compiled some ways to help cope as part of a special CBC Quebec project called Out of the Dark: Real Talk on Mental Health.

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  • Quebec movie theatres are allowed to reopen, but not all of them have decided to.

  • Quebec plans 'immunity passports' as thousands sign up for vaccine appointments.

  • 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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