Opération vaccination COVID-19
Opération vaccination COVID-19
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COVID-19 vaccination campaign

How to get vaccinated

The vaccination of priority groups has started throughout Québec. Here are the ways to get vaccinated:

If you are not part of the group that is being vaccinated, do not call or show up to get vaccinated. You will be told when your group can start making appointments.

Make an appointment to get vaccinated

To make an appointment, check if you are part of the group being vaccinated. The planned order of vaccination in your region must be followed.

A different order of vaccination is followed in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in French only), Nord-du-Québec This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in French only), Nunavik This hyperlink will open in a new window. and Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James This hyperlink will open in a new window. regions, since they belong to the priority group of isolated and remote communities.

Make an appointment to get vaccinated

If you have difficulty making an appointment online, ask your loved ones for help or consult the How to make an appointment to get vaccinated against COVID-19 page, which will guide you step by step in making an appointment.

If needed, you can get help by calling from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday or 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:

Instructions for the person getting vaccinated

  • Bring your health insurance card or an ID card for identification (if you do not have a health insurance card, you can still get vaccinated).
  • Follow the basic health instructions (physical distancing, handwashing, etc.) during your appointment.
  • Do not go to the vaccination clinic if you are in quarantine (self-isolate).
  • If you have an appointment:
    • Plan your trip and only show up five minutes before your appointment time to avoid causing queues;
    • If you are late, your appointment may be postponed;
    • See the What to expect at your COVID-19 vaccination appointment page to find out more about what to expect during the vaccination appointment once you are at the clinic.

Important:

  • It is the year of birth that is considered when receiving the vaccine vaccine, except for the AstraZeneca vaccine for which it is age that determines eligibility for this vaccine.
  • You cannot choose the vaccine you will be given or know in advance what type of vaccine is given per vaccination site. You will be told which vaccine it is when you get the 1st dose. If you have concerns about the vaccine you are offered, discuss it with the health care professional responsible for doing your assessment when you arrive at the vaccination site.
  • The appointment for the 2nd dose will be made when you get the 1st dose. You cannot change the appointment for your 2nd dose.
  • Make sure you meet the criteria for your target group.
  • People who do not meet the eligibility criteria will be turned away and asked to make a new appointment when they are eligible.

Instructions for the accompanying person

  • If you do not live with your loved one who is getting vaccinated, protect them while travelling. In your car:
    • both of you must wear a procedure mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose;
    • open a window;
    • have your loved one sit in the back.
  • Once you arrive at the vaccination clinic, you and your loved one must wear a procedure mask or face covering at all times.
  • Follow the basic health instructions (physical distancing, handwashing, etc.) during the appointment.
  • See the What to expect at your COVID-19 vaccination appointment page to find out more about what to expect during the vaccination appointment once you are at the clinic.

Participation of companies

Companies are being asked to participate in mass vaccination. They can help in two ways:

  • by setting up a vaccination site for their staff, their families and the surrounding population, while respecting the priority groups for vaccination;
  • or by meeting human and material resource needs.

A website is dedicated to the participation of companies. Visit it to learn more and to share your company's interest in participating in mass vaccination.

Go to Québec.ca/vaccinationentreprise

Vaccination in Québec

In Québec, vaccination against COVID‑19 began upon receipt of the first doses.

The COVID‑19 vaccine is free for anyone who wants it. The vaccines are distributed by the Québec Immunization Program. Doses are not available on the private market.

Beware of fraud

Any electronic communication or call offering to get vaccinated for a fee is fraudulent. You never have to provide your social insurance number (SIN) or your credit card number to get vaccinated.

Make your appointment on the Québec.ca/vaccinCOVID page to protect yourself from fraud. If you believe you have been the victim of a fraudulent communication, please notify the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Why do you need to be vaccinated

Vaccine hesitancy

If you are hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy page sets out some points for you to consider to help you decide.

Priority groups for vaccination

Vaccines become available gradually. Some people are vaccinated before others.

People at increased risk of getting infected, developing complications and dying from COVID‑19 are vaccinated as a priority.

As more vaccines become available in Canada, vaccination is expanded to include more people.

The proposed order of priority of groups for vaccination is as follows:

  1. Vulnerable people and people 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);
  2. Workers in the health and social services network who have contact with users;
  3. Autonomous or semi-autonomous people who live in private seniors' homes (RPAs) or in certain closed residential facilities for older adults;
  4. Isolated and remote communities;
  5. People 80 years of age or older;
  6. People 70 to 79 years of age;
  7. People 60 to 69 years of age;
  8. Adults under 60 years of age who have a chronic disease or health problem that increases the risk of complications of COVID‑19. See the instructions for vaccination for this group;
  9. Adults under 60 years of age who do not have a chronic disease or health problem that increases the risk of complications, but who provide essential services and have contact with users. See the list of essential workers in environments at high risk of an outbreak and instructions for vaccination for this group;
  10. The rest of the adult population.

Vaccination of children and pregnant women will be determined based on future studies on vaccine safety and efficacy in these people.

The order of priority may be revised based on various considerations, such as the number of vaccines available.

For more details on the criteria used to prioritize people to be vaccinated, consult the document Avis préliminaire sur les groupes prioritaires pour la vaccination contre la COVID‑19 au Québec This hyperlink will open in a new window. [Preliminary guidance on priority groups for COVID‑19 vaccination in Québec; French only] on the website of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

Currently vaccinated groups

The following groups are now being vaccinated:

Instructions for Phase 2 target health and social services workers

Phase 2 vaccination of health and social services workers means all individuals that have had direct contact with patients as part of their professional duties, including the following:

  • Workers in the health and social services network not targeted in Phase 1;
  • Private sector health and social services workers in, for example:
    • Dental clinics;
    • Family medicine groups;
    • Private medical clinics;
    • Pharmacies;
    • Psychology clinics;
    • Optometry clinics;
    • Physiotherapy clinics;
    • Hearing aid clinics;
    • The above includes technical staff;
  • Community workers in contact with high-risk patients: outreach staff dealing with mental health, homelessness and drug abuse issues.

To enrol, eligible parties should refer to How to get vaccinated. Proof of employment will be required at the appointment.

Instructions for the vaccination of people who have a chronic disease or health problem that increases the risk of complications from COVID-19

Vaccination of people under 60 years of age considered to have a very high risk of complications from COVID-19

People in this category do not have to do anything in particular to get vaccinated or to make an appointment. Vaccination will be carried out on the recommendation of an attending physician in specific circumstances, namely, for:

  • People who are currently hospitalized with a condition that puts them at risk of complications from COVID-19;
  • Patients who receive renal dialysis treatment in hospital, transplant recipients and those receiving cancer treatment;
  • People who have to receive a dose of vaccine under the supervision of an allergologist in a hospital.

Pharmacists can also help reach people with these conditions who cannot get vaccinated in hospitals.

Instructions for essential workers in environments at high risk of an outbreak

The following essential workers in environments at high risk of an outbreak are included in priority group 9:

  • Primary and secondary school staff;
  • Staff in childcare facilities;
  • Public safety workers (firefighters, police officers and detention centres);
  • Temporary foreign farm workers;
  • Slaughterhouse workers;
  • Mining workers in remote areas;
  • Workers of community organizations supported through the Programme de soutien aux organismes communautaires (PSOC).

To register, these people simply have to refer to How to get vaccinated. They must bring proof of employment with them to their appointment. Vaccination by a mobile team will be organized at some sites.

Vaccination for people between 55 and 79 years of age

Clinics have been set up where people between 55 and 79 years of age can get the AstraZeneca vaccine. Clinics where people 45 years of age and older can get the AstraZeneca vaccine will be in place as of April 21 (you must be 45 years of age or older at the time of vaccination).

Do not go to the vaccination clinic if you are in quarantine (self-isolate).

See the details for the vaccination clinic nearest to you:

Other safety measures

The start of vaccination does not mean the end of health measures. It will take several months to protect a sufficiently large proportion of the population with the vaccine. Physical distancing of two metres, wearing a mask or face covering and handwashing must be maintained until further notice.

COVID-19 vaccines

Visit the COVID-19 vaccination page to learn more about functioning, effectiveness and safety of the vaccines.

Last update: April 10, 2021

Notice

Information on the website in no way replaces the opinion of a health professional. If you have questions concerning your health status, consult a professional.

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