Quebecers 80 and older will get COVID-19 vaccine starting next week

The province’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign is finally ramping up, with Quebecers 80 and older in the general population able to get shots as early as next week.

People between 70 and 79 who live in the Montreal area will also be able to get the shots, Radio-Canada has learned.

Premier François Legault is expected to make the announcement during Tuesday afternoon’s COVID-19 briefing from Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

The Olympic Stadium’s Atrium is currently being turned into a massive vaccination site.

The province’s first COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Quebec on Dec. 14, and the inoculation campaign has since focused on residents in long-term care homes, private seniors homes as well as health-care workers. 

So far, more than 350,000 Quebecers have received shots, accounting for less than four per cent of the population.

The pace of the province’s vaccination efforts has garnered criticism, including from Ottawa, and last month’s drastic reduction in the number of doses delivered from Pfizer-BioNtech didn’t help matters.

In recent weeks, the province has been prepping several vaccination sites, including two massive ones at the Big O and the Palais des congrès in downtown Montreal.

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