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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know this weekend

Quebec's health minister says young people's decisions to get vaccinated will make the difference as to whether the government will impose a vaccine passport this fall, and registration for the COVID-19 vaccine lottery opens this weekend. Here's what you need to know.

Young adults key to avoiding COVID-19 vaccine passport, Quebec health minister says

People line up to receive COVID-19 vaccinations from health care workers inside a bus in Oka National Park on Friday. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 101 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and one death in the past 24 hours. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 376,530 confirmed cases and 11,239 people have died.
  • There are 67 people in hospital (a decrease of four) including 21 in intensive care (no change from the previous day). 
  • 94,624 doses of vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours for a total of 10,469,697 doses administered in Quebec.
  • 83 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) have received one dose of vaccine, and 59 per cent have received two doses.

COVID-19 data is no longer updated by Quebec's Health Ministry on weekends or on public holidays.


Quebec's health minister told young people Friday their decisions to get vaccinated will make the difference as to whether the government will impose a vaccine passport should cases rise in the fall.

The percentage of Quebecers vaccinated with two doses rises by one percentage point each day, Christian Dubé said on Twitter. But the percentage of people aged 18 to 29 who have had a single dose remains stuck at 70 per cent, he lamented.

The government's target is to have 75 per cent of people in every age bracket fully vaccinated by the end of August.

"Young people must make a difference if we want to avoid using the vaccination passport," Dubé tweeted. "The variant is already present in Quebec," he said. "The time is now."

If cases continue to climb come September, the Quebec government says it will impose a vaccine passport system that would require people to prove they are fully vaccinated to access non-essential services, such as festivals, bars and gyms. 

Registration for COVID-19 vaccine lottery 

Vaccinated Quebecers can now register for the COVID-19 vaccine lottery on the Clic Santé portal, though the website has had issues since it was supposed to launch at 8 a.m. Sunday. 

The province is holding draws for $2 million in cash prizes and bursaries this summer in a bid to get as many people vaccinated as possible before September.

Starting Aug. 6, weekly draws will be held. Those over 18 could win up to $1 million in cash, and bursaries of up to $20,000 will be awarded to lucky 12- to 17-year-olds.

All Quebecers who have been previously vaccinated, either in the province or elsewhere (with proof they received a Health Canada-approved shot) are eligible.

Participants must consent to having their name made public if they win one of the draws.

People may be able to get 3rd dose

Quebec is authorizing a third COVID vaccine dose to make it easier for some people to travel internationally.

The Health Ministry says anyone who either got two doses of the Covishield vaccine, or who mixed doses of Covishield or AstraZenica with an mRNA vaccine can request a third mRNA shot.

That's because some destinations and some cruise companies do not recognize Covishield as an accepted vaccine.

The Health Ministry says travellers can get the third dose either by appointment at a walk-in clinic.

Quebec will also press Ottawa to try and convince other jurisdictions to accept Covishield and AZ vaccinations.

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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.

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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