Quebec launches 'massive' COVID-19 vaccination campaign ahead of fall

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Quebec Premier François Legault says his government is launching a "massive" vaccination booster campaign to get ahead of the next wave of COVID-19.

Legault told reporters today in Quebec City all Quebecers over the age of 18 will be eligible to make an appointment for a booster by the end of the month.

He says Quebec residents can get a booster if it's been five months since their last COVID-19 vaccine — or three months since they were last infected with the novel coronavirus.

On Monday, Quebec started offering fifth doses of COVID-19 vaccine to residents of long-term care homes and private seniors residences.

Health Minister Christian Dubé says vaccine appointments will open for people 60 and older next week and for everyone 18 and up on Aug. 29.

Meanwhile, Quebec is reporting 36 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus today and a 29-patient drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The Health Department says there are 1,964 people in hospital with the disease, including 50 people in intensive care, a drop of five.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 16, 2022.

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