COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know Thursday

  • Quebec reported 2,994 on Thursday people hospitalized (an increase of 117 of the day before), including 272 in intensive care (an increase new).
  • The province reported 8,793 new cases of COVID-19 and 45 new deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 775,720 confirmed cases and 12,125 people are dead.
  • The province also reported a total of 16,080,391 on Thursday doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered, of which 111,395 in the last 24 hours.
  • 90 percent of the province’s eligible population (aged five and over) received one dose of the vaccine, 82 percent received two doses and 28 percent received three doses.

New cases represent those reported to the Government of Quebec only. They are believed to be an under-representation of the spread of the virus, given the limited availability of PCR tests and the use of home test kits.

Prime Minister François Legault will hold a press conference this afternoon, as elementary and secondary students prepare to return to class on Monday.

Legault will be accompanied by Minister of Health Christian Dubé, Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge and Interim Director of Public Health, Dr Luc Boileau.

Last night, in an article published on social networks, Legault confirmed that CEGEPs and universities can also take classes in person, even if they will have some latitude to adapt.

He says the government will also make rapid tests available in schools.

Students will be required to wear masks at all times, except when eating.

Almost 60% of elementary school students received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 89% of high school students received two doses.

Quebecers who have contracted COVID-19 are invited to receive booster injections

Quebecers who have recently contracted COVID-19 will be able to receive their third dose as soon as they are asymptomatic, the government announced on Wednesday – as long as three months have passed since their last dose.

The province said anyone who wants to receive a booster, including those who have recently had COVID-19, should get one “as soon as possible” to have better protection against the Omicron variant.

The government announced last week that once the entire eligible population has had the opportunity to receive their booster dose, three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be required to use the Vaccination Passport System. Province.

Currently, two doses are sufficient to be considered adequately vaccinated.

Meanwhile, experts say there is no critical timeframe for receiving the third dose after infection.

“A month is a reasonable time to wait, but if you go a little earlier, a little later, it won’t make a big difference in the immune response,” said McMaster University immunologist Dawn Bowdish.

Starting today, people 25 years of age and older can register for their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on the province’s Clic Santé website. All Quebecers aged 18 and over will be able to do so tomorrow.

Questions about the Quebec plan for a tax

Community advocates and experts say the government should try vaccination incentives other than a health tax to avoid entrenching inequalities among marginalized groups.

Prime Minister François Legault announced Tuesday that unvaccinated Quebecers who do not have a medical exemption will have to pay a “significant” health tax if they do not get vaccinated soon.

About 10 percent of eligible Quebecers are still not vaccinated, but health officials say they occupy about 50 percent of COVID-19 beds in hospitals. Several regional health authorities have had to cancel up to 80% of elective and semi-urgent surgeries in order to free up staff to help fight COVID-19 infections.

Legault did not specify when the tax would go into effect or how much it would cost, but he said he wanted it to be “significant” enough to spur people to get vaccinated – over $ 50 or $ 100, a- he added.

He said the contribution could be included in people’s provincial income tax returns, but he did not say whether it would be included in 2021 ones, which are due by April 30, 2022.

WATCH | The Premier of Quebec defends the taxation of the unvaccinated

The Premier of Quebec defends the taxation of the unvaccinated

François Legault says his government owes the nearly 90% of Quebecers who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to tax those who refused for non-medical reasons. 1:09

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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 on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here.

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