Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign is slowly ramping up, with those born in 1936 and earlier in the general population able to get shots as early as next week.
The government specified that an exception will be made for people aged 70 and over who act as a primary caregiver for someone aged 85 and over. This means that a younger spouse of someone who meets the criteria may also be eligible.
Premier François Legault made the announcement during Tuesday afternoon’s COVID-19 briefing at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.
The atrium of the stadium, once home to the Montreal Expos, has been converted into a vaccination site.
The province’s first COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Quebec on Dec. 14, and the inoculation campaign has since focused on residents in long-term care homes and private seniors’ homes, as well as health-care workers.
So far, more than 350,000 Quebecers have received shots, accounting for less than four per cent of the population.
The pace of the province’s vaccination efforts has garnered criticism, including from Ottawa, and last month’s drastic reduction in the number of doses delivered from Pfizer-BioNtech didn’t help matters.
In recent weeks, the province has been prepping several vaccination sites, including the one at the Big O and the Palais des congrès in downtown Montreal…