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

The premier says the province's public health team is looking into ways of rolling back restrictions, but those plans need to be put on hold until the majority of seniors are vaccinated. Here's what you need to know.

Quebecers owe it to seniors to be patient with public health restrictions, premier says

As of Monday, a total of 581,028 people have been vaccinated since Dec. 14. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 792 new cases on Wednesday and 10 more deaths. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 294,652 confirmed cases and 10,503 people have died.
  • There are 581 people in hospital (an increase of five), including 112 in intensive care (an increase of two).
  • 18,101 doses of vaccine were administered on Tuesday. A total of 599,833 people have been vaccinated since Dec. 14. 

All Quebecers who are at least 70 years old can now book an appointment for their COVID-19 shot.

Since the province started administering doses to the general population, the minimum age requirement for registration has varied from region to region.

The vaccination campaign is picking up, and the premier says public health officials are looking at how to eventually roll back restrictions across the province, but he added that they can't get ahead of themselves until the bulk of the province's seniors are vaccinated.

"I understand that the population can be fed up," Legault said Tuesday. "But our leaders have a responsibility, and there's a solidarity we need to have with our elders who built Quebec."

On Tuesday, Health Minister Christian Dubé outlined how vaccines that are currently available will be used: Pfizer-BioNTech at mass vaccination sites, Moderna at pharmacies and AstraZeneca-Oxford for home visits.

This week, the province will mark the one-year anniversary of when Quebec began introducing measures to deal with the pandemic.

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.

Vaccination for the general population begins in Montreal

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Just over a year after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Quebec, elderly Montrealers are getting vaccinated. The city has been hit hard by the coronavirus.

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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). 

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 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 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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