Quebec looks to boost vaccination rates for September

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Tomorrow’s first Quebec COVID-19 vaccination lottery draw will take place and authorities hope that the month-long series of draws for cash prizes and bursaries will prompt more young people to get their second shot of the vaccine, with the ultimate goal of getting 75 percent of the entire population – including those not eligible to get it – to have had two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The provincial government will hold draws every Friday from August 6 until September 3, handing out prizes that range from thousands of dollars in bursaries for those under 18 to a $2 million prize for participating adults.

Everyone who has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose is allowed to enter the lottery.

Vaccination rates in the province sit at 74 per cent having received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but only 72 per cent of Quebecers aged 20 to 39 have received one jab – and that age group represents more than half of all the new COVID-19 positive cases in the province, Health Minister Christian Dube said.

Dubé has urged residents to move up their appointments before September 1 in hopes of reaching the 75 percent vaccination rate goal before the fall, in order to ensure a safe and secure return to classes for young people.

Overall, 84 percent of eligible Quebecers (aged 12 and older) have received one vaccine dose, and 68 percent are fully vaccinated.

Public Health authorities announced 154 new cases of the virus Monday and no new deaths. More than 11.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Quebec.

Since the start of the pandemic 11,241 people have died in Quebec, with 61 people in hospital and another 17 in intensive care.

Marc Lalonde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Iori:wase

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