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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Tuesday

Quebecers who received the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine as a first dose can request an mRNA vaccine starting today, and all residents aged 50 and over can move up their second doses. Here's what you need to know.

All Quebecers aged 50+ can move up 2nd doses, regardless of vaccine

Only 123 new COVID-19 infections were reported on Monday for the province of Quebec. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 105 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and six new deaths (none in the last 24 hours).
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 373,217 confirmed cases and 11,177 people have died (total includes a withdrawal of 2 deaths not attributable to COVID-19).
  • There are 209 people in hospital (a decrease of five), including 50 in intensive care (a decrease of four). 
  • 91,732 vaccine doses were administered in Quebec for a total of 6,868,473.
  • As of Tuesday, 78 per cent of the eligible population of Quebecers have received one dose of vaccine, and 14 per cent have received two doses.

Quebecers who received the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine as a first dose will be able to request an mRNA vaccine starting today, thanks to a large shipment of Moderna doses expected in the province this week. 

Health Minister Christian Dubé made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday. He added that Quebecers aged 50 and older can also move up their second doses as of today, regardless of which first dose they have received.

This is in part due to the Moderna shipment, which will total 1.6 million doses by the end of the month — almost 500,000 more than expected. 

Since the end of last month, Quebecers who received a first dose of AstraZeneca have been able to get a second dose of the same vaccine at walk-in clinics, as long as that shot came at least eight weeks after the first one. They can now make those appointments online.

No COVID-19 cases in CHSLDs

Provincial data shows there are no active COVID-19 cases in Quebec long-term care homes, after thousands of people died in the facilities during the pandemic's first and second waves.

As of June 13, CHSLD Doctor-Aimé-Leduc, southwest of Montreal, was the only establishment reporting an active case. But that institution was removed from the latest list, published today.

Dr. Jasmin Villeneuve, a medical adviser with the province's public health institute, credits the fact that 95 per cent of residents have received a first vaccine dose and 84 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Villeneuve says health workers also have a better understanding of the virus now, and fewer people are bringing COVID  19 into the homes due to lower transmission rates overall.

Bigger crowds allowed 

Quebec's Health Ministry announced that COVID-19 conditions are good enough to allow crowds of up to 3,500 both indoors and outdoors. 

This new rule will come into effect on Thursday, applying not just to sporting events but also festivals that will begin outdoors on June 25, the ministry says.

Except for drive-in movie theatres, audiences must still be subdivided into independent sections each with a maximum limit of 250 people.

Each of these sections must have independent entry, exit and sanitary facilities, as well as separate dining areas, if applicable, the ministry says, and distancing rules are still in effect.

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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, vomiting).
  • Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose.
  • Generalized muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • Loss of appetite.

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.  

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

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

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear a mask or face covering 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

With files from The Canadian Press

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