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AstraZeneca |  More than 20,000 doses offered this weekend in Montreal

AstraZeneca | More than 20,000 doses offered this weekend in Montreal

More than 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine no recipients have been found in Montreal. Doses are offered throughout the weekend, without an appointment, for people 55 and over.

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On Friday, Montreal’s Regional Public Health Directorate of the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal issued a call to all Montreal residents eligible for vaccination, indicating that several places were available. Receive AstraZeneca vaccine.

“There was enthusiasm in the early days. The most motivated people went to get the vaccine right away.” “Now we have to reassure the most reluctant people,” says Natalie Grandvo, a researcher specializing in viral infection response at University Hospital Center of Montreal.

In various neighborhoods of the capital, including West Island and Côte-des-Neiges, trucks will announce in several languages ​​the opening of mobile clinics, the Minister of Health and Human Rights announced on Twitter, Christian Dube, Minister of Social Services.

“I want to reassure the population, all vaccines available to the public are safe and the risk of complications is extremely rare,” said Dr.s Paul Le Guerrer, medical advisor at Montreal’s Regional Public Health Administration, Infections and Interventions in the Community, in a press release.

Ds Le Guerrier invited citizens to discuss their concerns with their doctor, pharmacist, or health professional by calling 514-644-4545. He said, “We are here to listen and guide you in your decision.”

To get the vaccine, citizens must come between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at one of the many vaccination sites. It is also possible to make an appointment by calling 514 644-4545 or via Qué / Vacincovid.

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It is reported that at the end of March, Quebec stopped giving the AstraZeneca vaccine to those under the age of 55, after some countries noticed the appearance of blood clots in patients who were given the vaccine. MI Grandvaux states that the risk of side effects from the vaccine is very low. “The public health should make it clear to people that this is very rare and that even if it does happen, we have a cure and you are not going to die from it,” she said.

The second doses are long overdue

Although vaccination has accelerated in the province, second doses of COVID-19 vaccines are only just beginning to receive them.

To date, less than 25,000 Quebecers have received their second dose, or 0.3% of the population.

A total of 48% of the second doses were administered to people 0-49 years of age, or 12,030 doses. The age group from 50 to 59 doses received 5325 doses, while the age group from 60 to 69 doses received 3209. As for those between the ages of 70 and 79, 1902 doses were given, while the number in those 80 and over 2528 doses.

“Available studies show that with a single dose, in people over the age of 65, there is a significant decrease in efficacy. In my opinion, the elderly should get their second dose as soon as possible.”I Grandvo.

Currently, 86% of those 80 years and over have received their first dose of the vaccine. Children aged 70 to 79 were vaccinated at 83%, ages 60 to 69 at 54%, ages 50 to 59 at 22% and ages 0 to 49 at 6%.

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