Quebec to soon approve Covid 19 vaccination for 11 year olds
As the schools of Quebec are just about to open, it is considering allowing 11-year-olds who will be 12 shortly to be vaccinated against COVID-19, similar to what several other provinces have done.
In Canada, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is only available to children under the age of 12, whereas the other vaccinations are only available to adults.
The governments of Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba have agreed to vaccinate children who will turn 12 by the end of the year.
Quebec’s health minister, Christian Dubé, said he had sought the advice of public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda on the related matter.
“I think that’s smart, what they’ve done,” said Dubé. “There is a good chance that this is the right thing to do, but I just want to make sure.”
Quebec reports more than 400 new COVID 19 cases
Quebec reported 409 new COVID-19 cases last monday, as pandemic-related viruses in the province continued to rise.
The current daily tally is part of a total of 1,163 new cases reported in the previous three days, however, the province did not break down the numbers by the weekend day.
Since the last report, one more death has been related to the coronavirus health problem in the province.
Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized as a result of the virus has increased by two since Friday, to 82. There are currently 27 patients in intensive care units, which has not changed over the weekend.
Since the previous report, another 36,570 doses of the vaccine have been delivered. More than 11.8 million injections have been distributed in Quebec.
As the government prepares to establish a vaccine passport system to access some non-essential services in September, Health Minister Christian Dubé advised young adults to schedule appointments.
“There are just 8,841 appointments left,” he said on social media, in order to get 75 percent of the 18-29 age range to obtain the first dose.
“We must continue to exceed our initial objectives, given the dangerousness and contagiousness of the Delta variant,” he said.
On Saturday screening of 14,634 tests were carried on. The number of cases in Quebec has risen to 381,996. The epidemic has killed 11,242 people in the province, but the tally was changed on Monday to remove a previously reported death following an investigation.
The total number of recoveries surpassed 367,000.
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