Several groups of Quebecers (see below) can now make appointments for a COVID-19 vaccination by calling: 1-877-644-4545 or by going to clicsante.ca (if the site is in French, you can click English in the top right corner to switch languages).
WHO CAN MAKE AN APPOINTMENT NOW
- People aged 55 and up can get the AstraZeneca shot at a walk-in vaccination centre
- People aged 60 and up in Montreal, Laval, and the Montérégie.
- People under 60 years of age who have a chronic disease or health problem that increases the risk of complications of COVID‑19
- People under 60 who work in an environment identified as high risk by public health (proof of employment is required)
- List of ages for vaccinations in all regions
WHEN WILL I GET A SHOT?
The general population has been broken down into the following priority groups:
- Vulnerable people and those with a significant loss of autonomy who live in residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs) or in intermediate and family-type resources (RI‑RTFs)
- Workers in the health and social services network who have contact with users
- Autonomous or semi-autonomous people who live in private seniors' homes (RPAs) or in certain closed residential facilities for older adults
- Isolated and remote communities
- People 80 years of age or older
- People 70 to 79 years of age
- People 60 to 69 years of age
- Adults under 60 years of age who have a chronic disease or health problem that increases the risk of complications of COVID‑19
- Adults under 60 without chronic diseases or health problems increasing the risk of complications, but who provide essential services and who are in contact with certain vulnerable populations, such as a family member in a CHSLD
- The rest of the adult population
We don't know yet when the other groups will be invited to receive their vaccinations.
WHERE ARE THE VACCINES BEING DISTRIBUTED?
Quebecers over 55 can get the AstraZeneca vaccine at several walk-in sites without an appointment.
- Aréna Bill-Durnan - 4988 Vézina St.
- Palais de Congres - 1001 Jean-Paul Riopelle Place
- Olympic Stadium Atrium - 4545 Pierre-de-Coubertin Ave.
- Vanier College - 821 Sainte Croix Ave.
- Civic Centre DDO - 12001 De Salaberry Blvd.
- Centre sportif Dollard-St-Laurent - 707 75th Ave.
- Montreal General Hospital - 1650 Cedar Ave.
- CVM Quartier Laval - 630, boulevard Le Corbusier
- Clinique Dix30
- Centre de vaccination COVID (SNT) Valleyfield - 50, rue Dufferin
- Ste-Agathe-des-Monts - 34, rue Saint-Vincent
- Site de vaccination de masse de Sherbrooke - 1600, boulevard du Plateau Saint Joseph
- Centre des congrès de Granby, Hôtel Castel - 901, rue Principale
- Domaine du parc - 175, rue Principale
- Galeries Orford - 1700, rue Sherbrooke
- Fabrique de la paroisse Cœur-Immaculéde-Marie - 425, rue Chassé
- Site de vaccination de LacMégantic - 3700, rue Laval
As of April 9 Montreal essential workers can book vaccine appointments:
- primary and secondary school staff;
- staff in childcare facilities (daycare centres, childcare centres, etc.);
- public safety workers (firefighters, police officers, detention centres, etc.);
- community workers;
- temporary foreign farm workers;
- slaughterhouse workers;
- mining workers in remote areas.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE REGISTERING?
Appointments are mandatory in order to receive a vaccine shot -- you cannot just show up.
However, the shots are free, and you do not need a Quebec health-care card to get one, though if you do have a card you must use it.
Someone who accompanies a resident who is 85 or older for a shot may be elibigle to get vaccinated at the same time if he or she is 70 or older and provides care for them three or more days per week. Only one accompanying person can be eligible.
SHOULD I GET THE VACCINE?
What if you’ve already had the virus? Should you still get a shot? Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, president of Montreal’s West-Central health network says yes.
“The simple answer is just about everybody should be vaccinated, even if you had a documented COVID-19 infection in the last 12 months,” he said
The only exception may be those with pre-existing medical conditions or immunosuppressed people.
Rosenberg says that if you’re unsure, you should talk to your physician.
“Those people that are being actively immunosuppressed by chemotherapy or by a transplant related immunosuppression [may need to postpone] vaccination because the vaccine may not be as effective," he said.
The government is reminding citizens that any electronic communication offering vaccinations for a fee is fraudulent, and should be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.