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

Health Canada has officially approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages five to 11. But Quebec will have to wait a few extra days before vaccine shipments arrive.

Quebec premier says province will have to wait a bit longer for kids' vaccine

A nurse gives the first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a child on Nov. 9 in Seattle. Earlier this month, U.S. health officials gave the final signoff to Pfizer-BioNTech's kid-size COVID-19 shot. On Friday, Health Canada announced the approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages five to 11. Now Quebec is waiting on vaccine shipments to arrive. (Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)
  • Quebec reported 707 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and three new deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 439 071 confirmed cases and 11,558 people have died.
  • There are 199 people in hospital (a decrease of two), including 41 in intensive care (a decrease of four). 
  • As of Friday, the province has administered 13,451,122 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 91 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) has received one dose of vaccine, and 88 per cent has received two doses.

Note: Quebec's Health Ministry does not publish the number of vaccines administered on weekends and public holidays. 

Quebec is expected to begin vaccinating some 700,000 children as soon as it receives the extra doses, now that Health Canada has officially approved Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine for children ages five to 11.

The province's health minister, Christian Dubé, had hoped to roll out the vaccination campaign for children earlier.

But while Canada will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for children on Sunday, federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said he doesn't expect deliveries of the first doses to the province before the end of next week.

Quebec is looking at a hybrid vaccination program to allow parents to receive a vaccine shot at the same time as their children.

Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine for children in that age group is delivered in doses one-third the size of those given to adults and kids 12 and older. Health Canada authorized a two-dose regimen to be administered three weeks apart.

During a news conference Friday, Dubé said the province will look to inoculate children in schools as well as in vaccination centres.

The goal, he said, is to provide one dose to each child by Christmas.

The minister also said he does not believe those children will need to comply with the province's vaccination passport rules.

3rd dose for seniors  

This month, the Quebec government will allow people aged 70 and over to book an appointment for their third COVID-19 vaccine. People aged 80 and up can already sign up.

The province's immunization committee, the CIQ, has recommended that Quebecers in that age group be offered a third dose in order to boost their immunity against the virus.

People aged 75 to 79 can start booking their third doses as of today, and those 70 and older can do so starting next Tuesday.

However, a period of six months has to have elapsed since the person's second COVID-19 vaccine dose.

People who have had two doses of AstraZeneca will  be eligible to make an appointment for a third dose as of next Thursday.

Seniors in long-term care homes will also receive a third dose by the end of November, Health Minister Christian Dubé said. 

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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
  • 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 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, Radio-Canada and Lauren McCallum


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