Starting March 12, registration for the COVID-19 vaccine is available for those aged 65 and older in Montreal.
Though Montreal is the only area of Quebec with this age threshold, vaccine registration was made available to people aged 70 and up in the rest of the province this week. Throughout the province, those over 70 years old who are accompanying a loved one to their appointment can get vaccinated at the same time without prior registration if they “provide support to their loved one who is over 85 years of age 3 or more days a week.”
Starting March 15, around 350 pharmacies in Montreal will be allowed to take vaccine appointments, announced Minister of Health and Social Service Christian Dubé. Inoculation in pharmacies will begin on March 22.
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In order to make an appointment, individuals have to use the Clic Santé portal and choose a time and date based on their postal code. Though a medical card isn’t mandatory to go through the registration process, each person has to enter their name, phone number, and birth date.
The Quebec government has also set up hotlines to assist those who are having issues making their appointments online.
Following the priority order, the immunization program will be inoculating individuals over 60 and those under 60 who are at a higher health risk or who provide essential services before vaccinating the rest of the adult population.
Over 648,000 people, or over 7% of the province, have been vaccinated so far, with almost 135,000 inoculations in the past week. An average of over 19,000 people are now vaccinated every day.