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

Health Minister Christian Dubé has a message for medical professionals who think they can skip a COVID-19 vaccine and keep working. He's asking professional associations to suspend their licenses if they aren't immunized. Here's what you need to know.

Dr. Theresa Tam says the fourth wave of COVID-19 appears to be backing off

The push to get people double vaccinated continues in Quebec as the deadline for health-care workers looms. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 612 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and three new deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 415,787 confirmed cases and 11,415 people have died.
  • There are 296 people in hospital (a decrease of one), including 80 in intensive care (a decrease of four).
  • The province has administered 12,993,810 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 16,094 in the last 24 hours.
  • 90 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) has received one dose of vaccine, and 85 per cent has received two doses.

Note: Quebec's Health Ministry does not publish the number of vaccine doses administered over the weekend. 


Health Minister Christian Dubé has a message for medical professionals who think they can skip a COVID-19 vaccine and keep working.

He's asking professional associations to suspend their licenses if they aren't immunized. 

Dubé wants the orders that license health-care professionals, such as nurses and respiratory therapists, to follow the lead of the college of physicians and suspend the permits of anyone who isn't fully vaccinated.

"People who think they will go practise elsewhere [outside the public system] will be in for a surprise," Dubé said on Friday.

As of Oct. 15, all front-line health care workers in Quebec must be fully vaccinated or they will be suspended without pay.

Fourth wave slowing down

Canada's leading physician says the fourth wave of COVID-19 appears to be backing off.

Dr. Theresa Tam says the pandemic doesn't appear to be in a growth pattern for the first time since July.

Heading into Thanksgiving however, Tam is telling people to only gather indoors with family and friends who've been fully vaccinated.

"Previously, we have seen surges in cases after these holiday events," Tam said. "So this year, with the vaccine on board, I think we should be on a better, more solid footing."

Dr. Theresa Tam says heading into Thanksgiving, people should only gather indoors with family and friends who've been fully vaccinated. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

The Public Health Agency of Canada is warning of the risk of another surge later in the fall and winter if basic protective measures such as masks and physical distancing are not maintained.

More than 1,000 full-time nurses recruited

Quebec has recruited some 1,007 nurses to work full time in the public health system after announcing emergency financial incentives to recruit health-care workers. 

On Thursday, Health Minister Christian Dubé said he feels encouraged by the numbers despite still falling short of his goal of recruiting 4,300 full-time nurses. 

So far, 231 nurses have left the private sector to join the public network, Dubé said, and 1,900 candidates are currently in negotiations. As well, 56 retired nurses are coming in to help. 

Meanwhile, Dubé says the province will remain firm on enforcing mandatory vaccinations for all health-workers as of Oct. 15 at the risk of losing even more employees in both the private and public networks. 

No exemptions will be given to employees for religious reasons.

As of Oct. 6, 25,000 health-care workers were not fully vaccinated and may face sanctions if they don't get the jab in time. Out of those employees, 15,000 have not received their first dose. 

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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 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 Justin Hayward

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