Quebec will receive the last delivery of coronavirus vaccine next week – .

Quebec will receive the last delivery of coronavirus vaccine next week – .

MONTREAL – Quebec will receive its last scheduled COVID-19 vaccine delivery next week, and the province says its remaining stock is sufficient to cover those who have not yet received two doses, the health ministry said on Wednesday .

The province said in a press release that 585,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine received this week will be the last shipment to be distributed to regional health authorities. A final scheduled vaccine delivery of 513,630 doses expected to arrive the week of August 9 will be held in reserve.

The health ministry said the reserve will be used to offer first and second doses to people who have not yet received them, to offer extra doses to people who have received a mixture of vaccines and could be used to administer a third dose, if needed, for the elderly or with weakened immune systems.

Quebec is also ending a vaccination program that was organized in collaboration with large companies. Several of these vaccination sites, including one at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, have already closed, while the others will close in the coming weeks, the health ministry said.

The government currently has more than 2 million unused doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which officials say is enough to cover anyone who is not fully immunized. The province’s public health institute says 84.2 percent of Quebec residents aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 69.1 percent are adequately vaccinated. Health officials said 47,478 doses of the vaccine were given on Tuesday.

Quebec reported 184 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, as the number of new daily infections continues to rise. Authorities reported an average of 160 new cases daily over the past seven days, up from an average of 74 the week before.

Prime Minister François Legault said in a message on Twitter that he was concerned about the increase in the number of new cases and that his government would impose “new measures” in the coming days. He did not specify what it would be.

But hospitalizations and deaths attributed to the new coronavirus have not increased with the number of new cases. The most recent virus-related death reported by provincial health officials was on July 22.

Authorities say 58 people are hospitalized for the disease, a number unchanged from the previous day, and 17 people were in intensive care, a drop from one.

Trois-Rivières, Que., Northeast of Montreal, had the highest infection rate in the province, with 75 active cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people. Across Quebec, there were 14.7 active cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people.

Guillaume Cliche, spokesperson for the Régie régionale de la santé de la Mauricie et du Center-du-Québec, where Trois-Rivières is located, said 31 new cases had been identified on Tuesday, against 30 the day before. The majority of these cases, 27, were in the Mauricie region, with 16 of these cases detected in the city of Trois-Rivières.

As public health continues to investigate the newly identified cases, Cliche said the vast majority of them have been in people between the ages of 18 and 39 who are not properly vaccinated. This age group has been the hardest to reach, he said.

Across the region, 65.5% of people aged 18 to 29 and 67.7% of those aged 30 to 39 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The regional health authority has sent a vaccination bus to downtown Trois-Rivières, and a temporary screening clinic will be open in the city on Thursday and Friday, Cliche said.

Public health staff will walk through the city’s downtown area – where cases have spread to local businesses and private gatherings – to answer questions about vaccines and encourage people to make appointments. Teams from public health and the Régie de la santé et de la sécurité au travail du Québec will also visit businesses in the region to ensure that they comply with health instructions.

– This report by La Presse Canadienne was first published in French on August 4, 2021.


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