COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Tuesday
Grace period for vaccine passport set to come to an end
- Quebec reported 633 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and seven more deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 399,058 confirmed cases and 11,312 people have died.
- There are 230 people in hospital (an increase of three), including 78 in intensive care (an increase of three).
- 15,213 vaccine doses administered were reported for a total of 12,650,493 doses administered in Quebec.
- 88 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) has received one dose of vaccine, and 82 per cent has received two doses.
Note: Quebec's Health Ministry does not publish the number of vaccine doses administered over the weekend.
Daniel Paré, the head of Quebec's COVID-19 vaccination strategy, will oversee the deployment of rapid tests in schools after administrators criticized the rollout of the program.
Paré will be responsible for ensuring that schools across the province have access to rapid COVID-19 testing, Health Minister Christian Dubé said.
An association representing school administrators in Montreal said on Monday that some schools had not yet received the rapid test kits.
Kathleen Legault, president of the Association montréalaise des directions d'établissement scolaire, said training videos had been received on Friday but they were aimed at medical professionals, not teachers.
Vaccination passport grace period ends
Wednesday marks the end of the grace period for enforcing Quebec's vaccination passport system.
People must present their VaxiCode app or a printed proof of adequate vaccination in order to gain entry into a long list of businesses and non-essential activities.
For a breakdown of how the passport applies and where it will be used, go here.
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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
- 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.