Here’s what we know about Quebec’s mass vaccination plan in Montreal

MONTREAL —
Montreal is gearing up to begin its mass vaccination campaign as early as next week, but a lot of details are still being worked out.

There are several mass vaccination sites across the city, including Montreal’s Olympic stadium, where Premier Francois Legault is expected to appear at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

He’ll be joined by Health Minister Christian Dube and Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda.

Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President of Montreal’s West-Central health network joined CTV News Montreal anchor Mutsumi Takahashi on Tuesday to give some insight into the plan.

Here’s what we know so far about vaccinations in Montreal:

WHEN WILL THEY START?

Dr. Rosenberg says health authorities are “hoping to begin next Monday.”

“We’re still waiting for final word on how many doses of vaccine will be available on the island of Montreal,” he said. “We’re also still waiting on final notification as to which age groups will be eligible.”

The largest percentage of vaccines have been administered in Montreal, which remains the most affected region by the coronavirus. So far, health authorities have administered 91,888 doses to healthcare workers, long-term care home residents, and others.

WHEN WILL I GET A SHOT?

The general population has been broken down into the following priority groups:

  • People 80 years of age or older
  • People 70 to 79 years of age
  • People 60 to 69 years of age
  • Adults under 60 years of age who have a chronic disease or health problem that increases the risk of complications of COVID‑19
  • Adults under 60 without chronic diseases or health problems increasing the risk of complications, but who provide essential services and who are in contact with certain vulnerable populations, such as a family member in a CHSLD
  • The rest of the adult population

HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN IT’S MY TURN?

Rosenberg says people will be notified when it’s their turn.

“I don’t think anybody should fear that they won’t have access to the information,” he said on Monday.

WHERE CAN I GET VACCINATED?

Not all sites have been announced, here are the ones in the Montreal area we know about so far: 

  • Palais des congres de Montreal – 1001 Jean-Paul-Riopelle Place
  • The Olympic Stadium – 4545 Pierre-de Coubertin Avenue
  • Decarie Square Shopping Centre – 6900 Décarie Boulevard
  • A shared office building – 7101 Parc Avenue
  • Bill-Durnan Arena – 4988 Vézina Street
  • Bob-Birnie Arena – 58 Maywood Avenue (Pointe-Claire)
  • The Dollard-St-Laurent Sports Centre – 707 75e Avenue (Lasalle)
  • Gerry-Robertson Community Centre – 9665 Gouin Boulivard W (Pierrefonds-Roxboro)

CAN I GET VACCINATED AT HOME?

This is still unclear. It’s very unlikely that the Pfizer vaccine, which requires very cold storage temperatures, will be administered at home.

As for the Moderna vaccine, which has a warmer storage temperature, Rosenburg says that’s unlikely as well.

There’s some indication that we wouldn’t even be able to make home visits with the Moderna vaccine,” he said.

But, that doesn’t mean there will never be an order-in option. Rosenberg says there are other vaccines pending Health Canada approval that might be appropriate for door-delivery.

SHOULD I GET THE VACCINE?

What if you’ve already had the virus? Should you still get a shot? Rosenberg says yes.

“The simple answer is just about everybody should be vaccinated even if you had a documented COVID-19 infection in the last 12 months.”

The only exception may be for those with pre-existing medical conditions or immunosuppressed people.

Rosenberg says that if you’re unsure, talk to your physician.

“Those people that are being actively immunosuppressed by chemotherapy or by a transplant related immunosuppression, [may need to postpone] vaccination because the vaccine may not be as effective.”



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