COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Thursday
Quebec could have a system of vaccine passports in place by early September
- Quebec reported 64 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and no deaths in the past 24 hours. One new death reported occurred between July 1 and 6. Nine new deaths reported occurred before July 1.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 375,429 confirmed cases and 11,229 people have died.
- There are 101 people in hospital (a decrease of two), including 23 in intensive care (a decrease of two.)
- 113,084 doses of vaccine were administered in the province over the last 24 hours, for a total of 9,079,510.
- 82 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) have received one dose of vaccine, and 40 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COVID-19 data is no longer updated by Quebec's Health Ministry on weekends or on public holidays.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 may start using vaccine passports beginning around Sept. 1, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced today.
Dubé said the passports will only be used once everyone has had the opportunity to get their vaccines and only if the rate of contagion rises.
But if a fourth wave hits Quebec, people who are not fully vaccinated may see themselves shut out of gyms, team sports and theatres, for example. The province will not exclude anyone from receiving essential services, Dubé said.
For nearly two months, the province has been providing Quebecers with digital proof of vaccination, also known as QR codes.
On Wednesday, Dubé announced that 95 per cent of new COVID cases and hospitalizations in the last week affected people who were not fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received two doses and at least two weeks have gone by since your last shot.
Fewer restrictions as of next week
The Quebec Health Ministry says that some additional loosening of restrictions will start Monday July 12 across Quebec.
In a news release, the ministry said the mandatory distance which must be maintained between people from different addresses will be one metre instead of two. This will apply both indoors and outside.
However, for singing activities (such as choir practices) and for high intensity exercise in gyms, the two-metre distance will still apply.
Starting Monday, there will also no longer be any restrictions on the capacity of retail stores. Business owners will be responsible for making sure it's possible for customers to keep one metre distance from others.
During amateur sporting events with spectators seated in stands or bleachers, the maximum capacity will be 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.
The rules around mask-wearing have not changed.
Moving up second doses
While Quebec is encouraging adults to move up the date of their second vaccine doses, the province says that people in the 12- to 17-year-old age group must wait the full two months before getting their booster.
The eight-week interval is recommended "to maximize the effectiveness of the vaccine," the Health Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
❗️Devancement rdv 2e dose 12-17 ans<br><br>➡️Pour l’instant, il n’est pas possible de devancer son rdv sur Clic santé pour ce groupe d’âge.<br>➡️La recommandation est 8 semaines et + entre 2 doses, mais on attend un avis de la Santé publique pour harmoniser l’intervalle à 4 semaines et +.—@cdube_sante
However, Quebec also says it is expecting its expert vaccine committee to soon come up with new advice on the matter.
So far, 76 per cent of those aged 12 to 17 in Quebec have received a first dose of vaccine. In the province, 81 per cent of the total eligible population have received a first dose, and 39 per cent are considered adequately vaccinated.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- 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.
- 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.