Starting Thursday morning, residents of Montreal who have not yet decided on their appointment and who wish to be vaccinated will be able to do so at the outpatient clinic at the Vaccination Center in the Palais des congrès.
“There will be hundreds of doses every day that will be served without an appointment at the convention center. So I invite people who haven’t had time to make an appointment and who have priority,” he said in an interview with LCN, CEO of CIUSSS-Sud-de-l’dele-de Montréal, Sonia Bélanger.
“Additionally, in celebration of tomorrow morning the fact that we open without an appointment, we will have a young singer-songwriter who will be with us to create a simple atmosphere,” she added.
According to Ms. Bellanger, about 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be available at the open clinic on Thursday.
Other vaccination sites will open a similar clinic in the coming days.
In addition, the executive director of the CIUSSS Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal indicated that her teams have been mobilized to ensure that Montreal catches up with the vaccination.
The vaccination rate in the city is actually only 36% at the moment, versus 44% in Quebec as a whole.
“When we compare ourselves to other big cities around the world, Montreal is advancing. We’ve really got off to a good start to the vaccine campaign,” Sonia Bellanger explained.
And it determined that for five weeks, the region received “lower doses than the population weight” to help regions of Quebec, Choudyear Appalachia or Ottawa that were struggling with a strong outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.
Ms. Bellanger also wants to rebalance vaccination rates between different neighborhoods of the city.
“We are working to ramp up our mobile clinics all over Montreal. We have a battalion of about 1,000 people (…) who have been trained to talk to people, to go door to door,” she said.
Mobile units such as buses or trucks should be deployed across the city soon.