Quebec to start vaccinating essential workers, chronically ill in Montreal

Quebec is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination rollout to essential workers in Montreal, who will be able to book their first appointment starting this Friday.

Under the plan, Montrealers who live with a chronic illness will also be able to register for the first dose of the vaccine.

Health Minister Christian Dubé provided the long-awaited details of the next phase of the campaign Wednesday morning as the province faces the third wave of the pandemic.

“We are adjusting with what’s happening on the ground,” Dubé said.

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Vaccination appointments will also be open to all Quebecers who are 60 and older as of Thursday.

Anyone who is 55 and over will be to get their first shot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at a number of walk-in clinics. The walk-in clinics will open as of 8 a.m. Thursday.

The next phase comes as the province tightens public health measures in Montreal, less than two weeks after the government eased restrictions in the area.

Officials described the decision as preventive and as a way to curb the spread of novel coronavirus in the city.

with files from The Canadian Press

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