COVID-19 in Quebec: what to know on Friday


  • Quebec reported 902 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and five new deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 442,246 confirmed cases and 11,571 people have died.
  • There are 210 people hospitalized (a decrease of one), including 45 in intensive care (a decrease of one).
  • The province administered 13,501,953 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.
  • 84 percent of the province’s eligible population (aged five and over) received one dose of the vaccine and 81 percent received two.

Note: The Quebec vaccination rate has been adjusted to include 5 to 11 year olds, which brings down the overall percentage. Vaccinations for the group began on Wednesday.

The Quebec Ministry of Health does not publish the number of vaccines administered on weekends and holidays.

According to the provincial health ministry, about a quarter of Quebec children aged five to 11 have a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

The government said Thursday that 163,000 appointments had been made to date. Quebec hopes to give a dose to every eligible child by Christmas.

” They are courageous. I’m proud of them, really, ”Prime Minister François Legault tweeted Thursday. “I also want to thank their parents and the vaccination teams.”

From next week, vaccines will also be administered in schools to children whose parents have signed consent forms.

WATCH | The Quebec vaccination program for children explains:

Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccination program for children explained

Quebec children aged 5 to 11 can now be vaccinated. The Prime Minister hopes parents will get their children vaccinated, but he does not want to pressure them. 2:26

Vaccination of children under 5 and collective immunity

For those under five, Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam said vaccinations could potentially start as early as the new year.

Speaking to Radio-Canada, Tam said clinical trials are currently underway for children aged six months to five years. She said she hopes to see the results of those trials by the end of the year.

As one of the last parts of the population to get vaccinated, children will play an important role in ending the pandemic, health experts say.

Earlier in the pandemic, the threshold for achieving collective immunity suggested by some was around 70%. But more recently, health experts said the threshold should be higher due to the highly contagious delta variant.

“With the original COVID strain, if we were at 80 or 85 percent, we would probably have very, very low transmission and we wouldn’t have to worry,” said Dr Tehseen Ladha, pediatrician and assistant professor. of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. in Edmonton.

“But the fact that we’re here now with delta, which is so much more transmissible, means we need over 90%, 95% herd immunity.

AstraZenica recipients can subscribe to boosters

Quebecers who have received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine can now make an appointment for a third dose.

This time, they will receive an mRNA vaccine, like those developed by Pfizer or Moderna. Appointments can be made on the Clic-Santé website.

Just under 740,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered in Quebec.

New guidelines for sheet masks

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has updated its mask guidelines.

“In general, while non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, medical masks and respirators provide better protection,” PHAC said on its COVID-mask information webpage. 19.

The agency said in an email to CBC News that the change was “based on the latest scientific evidence on worrisome variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a better understanding of the impacts of vaccination and immunity in the population and new data available on mask types and their effectiveness.

Experts say this messaging shift reflects a growing body of evidence suggesting COVID-19 is spread largely through aerosols (tiny particles that can hang in the air), not just respiratory droplets (larger particles) transmitted by close contact with an infected person.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever.
  • New or worsened cough.
  • Difficulty in breathing.
  • Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
  • Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
  • Sore throat
  • Generalized muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Tired.
  • Loss of appetite.

If you think you have COVID-19, the government asks you to call 1 877 644-4545 to make an appointment at a screening clinic.

To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go to the online portal covid. You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

You can find information about COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here.


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