Any Quebecer aged 45 and older can book their first AstraZeneca dose as of Wednesday morning.
Quebec Premier François Legault made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon and stated that the “AstraZeneca vaccine is very safe and effective.”
“If you’re 45 and older, hurry up,” said Legault in French. “Go make your appointment and you can get vaccinated.”
Legault says he is “pleased” with the province’s vaccination plan and says Quebec has vaccinated the greatest portion of the population in the country besides Saskatchewan.
In regards to who’s permitted to get vaccinated first, Legault says he believes the government has made the right choice to start with Quebecers who are at the greatest risk. He says since public health is vaccinating “more than other provinces,” it gives them the opportunity to “respect a certain order.”
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The premier says that by June 24, the government has vowed to give a first jab to any adult in Quebec who wants the COVID-19 vaccine.
Since late December, Quebec has administered more than 2.4 million doses of the vaccine.
“I will end by saying our hope is vaccination,” concluded Legault. “That is our passport to freedom. We still have some difficult weeks ahead of us until the majority of Quebec is vaccinated.”
Même si la situation semble se stabiliser dans certaines régions du Québec, on doit garder un niveau de vigilance très élevé. Pour l’instant les mesures en place permettent de contenir la 3e vague, mais ça reste très fragile.
On fait le point👉
— François Legault (@francoislegault) April 20, 2021
Legault pleaded with citizens that have symptoms to go get screened. “When it is your turn, go get vaccinated, and that’s how we will have a wonderful summer.”