Quebec expects a record 465,000 vaccine doses this week. That could add up to nearly half of what the province received in the previous three months.

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Andy Riga

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Mar 22, 2021  •  4 days ago  •  10 minute read  •  9 Comments

“We see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I can understand that citizens are fed up with the measures,” Premier François Legault said Monday at a press conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo by Pierre Obendrauf /Montreal Gazette Updated throughout the day on Monday, March 22. Questions/comments: [email protected]

Top updates ‘We have to be careful for at least another month,’ Legault saysVaccination ramp-up has Canadians ‘breathing a sigh of relief,’ Trudeau saysQuebec expects record 465,000 vaccine doses this weekMontreal vaccination campaign expands to pharmacies – and some parentsA year into the pandemic, COVID fatigue has given way to vaccine envyQuebec reports 712 cases, 15 deaths as vaccinations near 1MMontreal police issue 230 curfew tickets for second week in a rowCanada expects record 2M vaccine doses this weekMontreal lowers vaccine eligibility to age 60Quebec restaurants regularly turning away people from red zones such as Montreal and OntarioMore than 200 people gathered in a Tim Hortons parking lot in Laval, police sayEverything you need to know about getting COVID-19 vaccinations in QuebecSign up for our free nightly coronavirus newsletter Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.

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4:30 p.m. Cases of variants on the rise in Canada, fuelling concerns over third wave From The Canadian Press:

The number of cases of variants of concern in the country is rising, Canada’s chief public health officer said Monday as provinces ramped up their vaccination programs in the hopes of heading off a possible third wave of COVID-19.

Dr. Theresa Tam said there have been 5,154 confirmed COVID-19 cases involving more transmissible variants, with the highest numbers in Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.

The majority of those cases involve the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom, which Tam says is responsible for 638 of the 655 cases of variants confirmed since March 18.

“With the continued increase of variants of concern, maintaining public health measures and individual precautions is crucial to reducing infection rates and avoiding a rapid re-acceleration of the epidemic and its severe outcomes, including hospitalization and deaths,” Tam said in a statement.

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She said the number of COVID-19 cases across the country has been rising, after a decline earlier this year.

The bright spot, she said, is vaccination, which gives “cause for optimism (that) widespread and lasting immunity can be achieved.”

3:45 p.m. Today marks Montreal restaurants’ panniversary: Here’s where to eat your feelings It’s been far too long — October 1, 2020 to be precise — since Montrealers were able to sit down and dine amongst close company, but it’s been even longer since they could dine out without a care in the world.

March 22 marks the day the Quebec government ordered that all dining rooms would close due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that all service would shift to takeout and delivery, changing the face of hospitality as we knew it in a city where dining out should be on its coat of arms.

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Read our full story, by JP Karwacki.

3:40 p.m. Video: After lowering eligibility age to 60 in Montreal, who will Quebec vaccinate next? We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

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3:15 p.m. ‘We have to be careful for at least another month,’ Legault says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised Quebec’s vaccination campaign today, noting that more than 11 per cent of the province’s population has now received a first dose.

With vaccine deliveries ramping up, the prime minister said Canadians are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

“This is the way we wanted to start the spring – with families from coast to coast to coast breathing a sigh of relief,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau was speaking at a press conference with Premier François Legault in Trois-Rivières.

The topic: speeding up the rollout of high-speed internet in Quebec.

Premier François Legault was asked if he is worried the warm, sunny weather will encourage Quebecers to break pandemic restrictions by taking part in gatherings.

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In response, Legault said he’s worried about the spread of variants, adding he doesn’t want to see the case growth being experienced in Ontario and France.

“We have to worry, we have to be careful we have to make sure we minimize contacts,” Legault said.

“It’s not the right time for sure to visit other people in other houses.”

Legault added: “We have to be careful for at least another month to make sure that all the vulnerable (people) are vaccinated.

“We see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I can understand that citizens are fed up with the measures. But we’re talking about lives, we’re talking about hospitals being able to treat all kinds of sickness.”

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2:50 p.m. Jailed Alberta pastor to be released from jail but must pay $1,500 fine A judge has ruled a jailed Edmonton-area pastor can be released immediately but has to pay a $1,500 fine, The Canadian Press is reporting.

Judge Jeffrey Champion says James Coates, who preaches at GraceLife Church, has to pay the fine within 12 days.

Coates has been in jail for 35 days for not following a condition of his original bail release that he not hold church services.

He was charged after officials said the church violated public-health measures meant to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Champion has agreed to all but one charge against Coates being dropped.

He is still charged under Alberta’s Public Health Act for holding services that allegedly broke a restriction on the size of gatherings, and a trial is to begin May 3.

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1:45 p.m. Quebec expects record 465,000 vaccine doses this week Quebec is expecting 271,440 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week, as well as 193,600 doses of the Moderna shot, according to federal government forecasts.

That’s a total of 465,040 doses.

That’s a major increase.

To put it into context, since December, Quebec has received just 1,050,355 doses.

1:15 p.m. Montreal vaccination campaign expands to pharmacies – and some parents COVID-19 vaccination began today for parents whose children attend schools and daycares in parts of Côte-St-Luc and Côte-des-Neiges.

Today is also the first day that the vaccination campaign expanded to pharmacies in Montreal, with 350 locations across the city offering the shot.

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Matthieu Cecile, assistant manager of Pharmaprix on St-Denis St., waits to vaccinate up to 50 people per day. Photo by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette 12:50 a.m. Federal government extends deadline for small-business emergency loans We are extending the deadline for small businesses to apply for CEBA loans. Small businesses now have until June 30, 2021. We know that people still need support — and it will be there for them. Read more here: https://t.co/sOefn85Kkp

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Noon A year into the pandemic, COVID fatigue has given way to vaccine envy Humans are complicated animals, said Eldar Shafir.

Loving, mean, altruistic, egotistic. All are part of the human condition, said the Princeton University behavioural scientist. “All of it is there.”

But there are subtleties, he said, which is why he understands how otherwise well-meaning COVID vaccine selfies might sometimes come across as annoyingly tone-deaf.

“Maybe they think it’s encouraging — ‘I got it, and you’ll get it soon, too,’” Shafir said.

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Noon Expert panel finds Canadian bureaucrats didn’t value national public health surveillance system Senior managers put in charge of Canada’s world-leading public health surveillance system didn’t seem to understand the value of the tool they had, according to an interim report.

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11:20 a.m. Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths 11:20 a.m. Quebec has provided a first vaccine dose to 967,000 people 11:20 a.m. The number of presumed variants in Quebec continues to rise 11:05 a.m. Quebec reports 712 cases, 15 deaths as vaccinations near 1M; hospitalizations and ICU admissions on the rise Quebec has recorded 712 new cases of COVID-19, the government announced this morning as the province approached the one-million mark for vaccinations.

In addition, 15 new deaths were reported, including three over the previous 24 hours.

Among the other deaths, nine occurred between March 15 and 20, and three occurred before March 15.

The province also reported a rise in the number of hospitalizations and intensive-care patients.

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Noting a rise in cases, deaths, hospitalizations and ICU admissions, Health Minister Christian Dubé said: “We are monitoring the situation closely, especially the worrying progression of variants. We must continue to respect the measures, despite the arrival of good weather, if we want to avoid a third wave.”

Some other key statistics from Quebec’s latest COVID-19 update, published this morning:

Montreal Island: 320 new cases, 6 deaths.12 more people are in hospital. Total hospitalizations: 513.12 more people are in intensive care. Total in ICU: 114. That’s the highest number of ICU patients since March 4.21,180 additional vaccine doses were administered, bringing the total to 966,566 first doses.On Saturday, Quebec conducted 20,216 tests. That’s the last day for which screening data is available.The positivity rate is 3 per cent. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 303,051 cases and 10,614 deaths linked to COVID-19. A total of 285,682 people who have contracted the disease have since recovered.

10:10 a.m. Montreal police issue 230 curfew tickets for second week in a row, as pandemic-related calls rise Données #COVID19 | Du 8 au 14 mars, le #SPVM a reçu 421 appels en lien avec l’application du décret de la Santé publique. Les policiers ont remis 516 constats ou RIG et, de ce nombre, 230 ont été émis pour le non-respect du couvre-feu. pic.twitter.com/fN2d2wLCaS

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9:35 a.m. Petition aims to add Côte-St-Luc’s Merton school to vaccination pilot project More than 750 people have signed a petition urging Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montreal’s public health director, to include Côte-St-Luc’s Merton school in a west-end vaccination pilot project that begins today.

The petition reads, in part: “We believe that the regional CIUSS’s public health team has made a crucial oversight in the exclusion of Merton school in the vaccine pilot project for Côte-St-Luc and (the Plamondon area of Côte-des-Neiges).

Merton is the ONLY school in Côte-St-Luc that has not been included in the pilot project. Almost all of Merton’s families live within Côte-St-Luc, many in the H4W postal code region, one of the designated COVID variant ‘hot spots.’

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Furthermore, Merton has recently experienced an outbreak of a COVID variant requiring the closure of four different classrooms.”

9:25 a.m. Canada expects record 2M vaccine doses this week, marking start of major ramp-up Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination drive is poised to shift into high gear this week as the federal public health agency prepares to take delivery of the largest number of doses since the launch of the immunization effort.

Nearly 1.2 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are set to arrive this week, alongside 846,000 shots of the product developed by Moderna.

Figures from the Public Health Agency of Canada suggest the pace set over the next seven days will mark the start of a sustained delivery ramp-up, with Pfizer-BioNTech expected to continue providing weekly shipments of at least a million doses for the foreseeable future.

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This week, 🇨🇦 is set to receive our largest deliveries of vaccines to date with just over 2 million doses coming in⬇️
➕1.2 million Pfizer vaccines
➕846,000 Moderna vaccines pic.twitter.com/ZxDqfbOd3I

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9:05 a.m. Montreal lowers vaccine eligibility to age 60 All Montrealers age 60 and over can now book appointments to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

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9:05 a.m. Pharmacies begin vaccinating as Quebec expands rollout Many Montreal pharmacies will join the vaccination campaign Monday, as Quebec ramps up its efforts to administer a first dose to all inhabitants by June 24.

Read our full story, by Marian Scott.

9:05 a.m. Quebec restaurants regularly turning away people from red zones such as Montreal and Ontario People entering restaurant dining rooms in Quebec have to flash their ID cards to be let in, but popular Quebec City eateries say not everyone seems to know that.

“In general it’s going well, but we’re refusing a lot of clients,” said Mikael Garneau, the manager of Le Chic Shack, a gourmet burger joint near Château Frontenac. “They’re coming from other zones — red zones, generally.”

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9:05 a.m. It’s back to class for high-school students in Quebec’s Orange zones High-school students in secondary levels 3, 4 and 5 who live in Orange zones in the province head back to class full time Monday.

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9:05 a.m. More than 200 people gathered in a Tim Hortons parking lot in Laval, police say Laval police early Monday were still compiling the number of tickets for health violations handed out Sunday night after they broke up an illegal gathering of more than 200 young people in the parking lot of a local Tim Hortons restaurant.

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9:05 a.m. AstraZeneca vaccine safe and effective in new trial data AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine developed with Oxford University was 79% effective in preventing symptomatic illness in a large trial in Chile, Peru and the United States, the company said on Monday, paving the way for it to apply for U.S. approval.

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9 a.m. Everything you need to know about getting COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec Local health authorities have set up mass vaccination sites across Montreal.

You can book appointments via the Clic Santé website or by phone at 1-877-644-4545.

Here are the nuts and bolts of getting vaccinated, by Katherine Wilton. Her guide includes the age groups targeted, how to book appointments, and addresses of vaccination centres.

Wondering if the vaccines are safe? Once vaccinated, can you disregard public health measures? Is vaccination mandatory? Read our FAQ, by Jason Magder.

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9:15 a.m. Here’s where Montrealers can get tested today Montrealers can be screened at test centres across the island.

You can check screening clinic wait times here.

8:45 a.m. The situation across Canada Here’s the rate of case growth per 100,000 people over the past seven days, via the federal government’s latest epidemiology update.

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