Quebecers born in 1936 and earlier to get COVID-19 vaccine next

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The province’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign is slowly ramping up, with Quebecers born in 1936 and earlier in the general population able to get shots as early as next week. 

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.

“This is great news because vaccines is our best hope to win this battle,” Legault said…

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