October 17, 2021

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Immediate Release of Vaccine Passport | Spontaneous drive towards vaccination

As Health Minister Christian Dupe prepares to announce this Thursday at 1pm what the incentives to allow vaccine-proof access will be, this opportunity seems to give new impetus to vaccination in Quebec.


Judith Lachsbell

Judith Lachsbell
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Pierre-Andre Normandin

Pierre-Andre Normandin
Press

Increase in appointment planning

The announcement by Minister Christian Dube on Monday about the benefits of having a vaccine passport seems to have been heard by many who came late to make the vaccine appointment. With the number of people waiting for the meeting dwindling a little more each day, the trend has reversed since Monday. Press It is estimated that nearly 6,000 Quebecs aged 18 to 34 have made an appointment in the past two days to be vaccinated. More than 104,000 people under this age are missing to reach the vaccination target for 75% of them. Let the ministry know that to avoid a general relapse in the fall and to encourage Quebecs to be vaccinated, “those who receive two drugs will have fewer benefits than those who have not been adequately vaccinated.” What are these benefits? Reply Thursday afternoon.

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Vaccinated on June 7, 2021

Undiagnosed, often infectious

The most up-to-date information on new cases of infection released by Minister Christian Dube on Wednesday afternoon takes home the place to be vaccinated: 95% of the new Govt-19 cases identified between June 27 and July 3 have not been vaccinated or who have not been adequately vaccinated. “All Quebecs have equal access to vaccination,” Minister Dube wrote on the Twitter network. In the face of variance, we need to find a way to avoid being admitted to the hospital and to be restrained. According to Donald Vinh, a microbiologist at McGill University Health Center, these data are consistent with clinical studies of vaccines. “We know that even under the optimal conditions of clinical trials, there are 5% of people who are not protected by the vaccine,” he says. The good news is that vaccinated people have fewer symptoms and end up in the hospital less often. “Unknown individuals are the No. 1 target of the virus. Currently, the virus does not infect vaccinated adults, which affects unvaccinated young people. ”

The delta variance affects unaltered regions

Although the alpha variant (first identified in the United Kingdom) still dominates Quebec today, the delta variant continues to expand its presence in other parts of the world. Everywhere, the same observation returns: those who are not vaccinated enough are often found in the hospital. In Missouri, only 45% of the population received the first dose, with the number of new cases now averaging 1,000 per day, the same number found in the Northeastern United States, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia, where vaccination rates are very high. To prevent delta variation, which is more contagious than other mutations, the arsenal is already well known: two doses of vaccine (regardless of those approved in Canada) are required to effectively protect against infection-related complications.

As for other types in circulation (whether it is Lampta, South American, or Epsilon circulating in the United States), do not worry about more fragmented information about the effectiveness of the vaccine.r Vin. Measuring the number of antibodies produced in vitro not only indicates the effectiveness of a vaccine, but also because the immune system relies on other means, such as memory cells (T and B lymphocytes), to identify the virus. “Shall we see a variant in which vaccines are completely ineffective?” I don’t think so, ”he said.

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Less vulnerable adolescents

While public health is putting pressure on Quebecs to get the second dose of vaccine needed to combat delta variation, it has not yet allowed children aged 12-17 to reduce the eight-week delay between two doses. Minister Dube said on Tuesday that a scientific opinion on the matter should be submitted before approving the progress of the second dose of adolescence. To tr Vin, the urgency of giving a second dose to adolescents is less than that of their elders. “Their immune response is much stronger than in young people. I’m not saying they don’t need a second dose, but they don’t need to rush to get it for six to eight weeks,” he notes.

The first meter will return on Monday

At the onset of the epidemic, the recommended distance between people was one meter, before increasing to two meters. Now, as the circulation of the virus is declining, public health considers it safe to return to one meter from Monday, July 12th. However, these relaxations do not extend to “singing activities” or “high-intensity exercise in the gym”. In both cases, the two meters continue to apply. The Ministry of Health will allow only one free seat between the different Ministries (currently at least 1.5 m apart) rather than in theaters.

Check out the new relaxations in effect from July 12th

One in three Quebecs is fully vaccinated

Quebec has one-third of its population fully vaccinated (36%), including those who received two doses of the vaccine or one dose of COVID-19. To date, nearly three-quarters (71.6%) of all Quebecs have received at least one first dose. Of this number, 2.9 million received two or 33.9% Quebecs. If we take into account only those who are eligible for the vaccine (i.e. those aged 12 and over), the rate rises to 41%. In addition, Quebec recorded 103 new COVID cases on Wednesday, with a daily average of 73 new cases per day calculated for a week. The trend is down 20% in a week. Additional deaths have been reported in Laval.