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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Massad

How to get a COVID vaccine starting February 25 at 8 a.m.

How to get vaccinated COVID-19 vaccination is being done in stages and is reserved for people in priority groups for the moment. Throughout Québec, people 85 years of age or older (born in or before 1936) can start making appointments to get vaccinated on February 25, 2021 at 8 a.m..

Please note that an appointment is mandatory and that the planned order of vaccination in your region must be followed. Click to make an appointment or call 1-877-644-4545.

All seniors in CHSLDs have been vaccinated. Vaccination in private seniors’ residences is continuing this week.

The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered in CHSLDs in mid-March.

Minister Dubé confirmed that it will not be possible to be vaccinated at home.

A person who accompanies a person who is 85 years of age or older to a vaccination appointment may get the vaccine at the same time if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are 70 years of age or older;

  • They provide support to their loved one who is over 85 years of age 3 or more days a week.

Only one accompanying person can get vaccinated per person over 85 years of age. If you are not part of the group that is being vaccinated, do not call or show up to get vaccinated. You will be informed at the appropriate time when your age group can start making appointments.

Priority groups for vaccination

Vaccines become available gradually. Some people are vaccinated before others. People at increased risk of getting infected, developing complications and dying from COVID‑19 are vaccinated as a priority.

As more vaccines become available in Canada, vaccination is expanded to include more people. The proposed order of priority of groups for vaccination is as follows:

  1. Vulnerable people and people with a significant loss of autonomy who live in residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs) or in intermediate and family-type resources (RI‑RTFs);

  2. Workers in the health and social services network who have contact with users;

  3. Autonomous or semi-autonomous people who live in private seniors' homes (RPAs) or in certain closed residential facilities for older adults;

  4. Isolated and remote communities;

  5. People 80 years of age or older;

  6. People 70 to 79 years of age;

  7. People 60 to 69 years of age;

  8. Adults under 60 years of age who have a chronic disease or health problem that increases the risk of complications of COVID‑19;

  9. Adults under 60 years of age who do not have a chronic disease or health problem that increases the risk of complications, but who provide essential services and have contact with users;

  10. The rest of the adult population.

Vaccination of children and pregnant women will be determined based on future studies on vaccine safety and efficacy in these people.

For more details on the criteria used to prioritize people to be vaccinated, consult the document Avis préliminaire sur les groupes prioritaires pour la vaccination contre la COVID‑19 au Québec [Preliminary guidance on priority groups for COVID‑19 vaccination in Québec; French only] on the website of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. The order of priority may be revised based on various considerations, such as the number of vaccines available.

Other safety measures The start of vaccination does not mean the end of health measures. It will take several months to protect a sufficiently large proportion of the population with the vaccine. Physical distancing of two metres, wearing a mask or face covering and handwashing must be maintained until further notice.

COVID-19 vaccines Visit the COVID-19 vaccines page to learn more about functioning, effectiveness and safety of the vaccines.

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