November 28, 2021

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Quebec abandons compulsory vaccination for education workers

The health minister announced on Wednesday that he would drop the idea of ​​vaccinating workers in the education network.

Therefore, workers in both primary, secondary and higher networks will not be forced to roll up their sleeves in order to continue teaching.

To justify its position, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) argues that 92% of employees are adequately vaccinated at the college and university level, while 89% argue against it at the elementary and secondary levels.

In addition, the improved epidemiological situation, outbreaks in schools are well controlled and COVID-19 affects very little children – the majority vaccinating children between the ages of 12 and 17 – convincing the government to drop the idea. Mandatory vaccination for school staff.

“Keep in mind that many preventive measures have been taken in schools since the onset of the epidemic, and will help effectively control outbreaks and class closures,” the MSSS said, referring to the use of particularly rapid tests. Quickly detect the spread of Govt-19 in schools.

In addition, the ministry noted that there were very few eruptions at CEGEPs and universities in the province.

In addition, the network is preparing to launch a vaccination campaign for children between the ages of 5 and 11, while Pfizer and Moderna said vaccines for these ages should be approved by Health Canada.

To date, Quebec wants to impose only compulsory vaccination on health workers. The move was due to take effect on October 15, but was finally postponed for a month due to the high number of employees the network had to lose itself at the end of its resources.

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The new deadline is set for November 15, but Prime Minister Franois LeCald has indicated that new postponements or relaxations could be decided earlier this week.