Montreal’s first drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site to open at Trudeau airport

The positioning is predicted to start out working Could 17 and will be capable to vaccinate as much as 4,000 individuals a day.

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Quebec’s first drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination website will quickly open within the parking zone of Montreal’s Trudeau airport.

The positioning is predicted to start out working Could 17 and will be capable to vaccinate as much as 4,000 individuals a day. Appointments will likely be vital.

Quebec Well being Minister Christian Dubé detailed the venture throughout a information convention from the airport Tuesday morning.

“The urge for food for appointments is there, not solely in Montreal however in Quebec at giant,” Dubé stated. “Individuals need to be vaccinated, and what we’re providing at the moment is an extra service to them.”

The positioning will likely be open from 8 a.m. to eight p.m. seven days every week and folks won’t want to depart their vehicles to obtain their shot. Together with wait instances, the method ought to take underneath half-hour, Dubé stated.

The federal government hopes the initiative will make it simpler for fogeys with younger youngsters to get their shot, as they might convey their youngsters with them within the automobile. It’s additionally seen as a neater manner for individuals with mobility points to get vaccinated.

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Lynne McVey, government director of the West Island CIUSSS, stated the well being authority has been engaged on discovering methods of vaccinating the most individuals potential whereas utilizing the smallest variety of personnel.

The drive-thru website is in step with that concept, she stated, and the CIUSSS will share what it learns from the location with different well being boards to assist them develop their very own.

Dubé stated discussions about different potential drive-thru vaccination websites have already began and might be introduced quickly.

Quebec has to date administered greater than 3 million first doses and 109,000 second doses.

Within the 55 to 59 age group, Quebec has reached its objective of vaccinating 75 per cent of the inhabitants. That’s not so for the Montreal area, nonetheless, the place one other 10,000 individuals in that age group nonetheless want their first dose to achieve the goal.

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Quebec acquired greater than 450,000 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses within the final couple of days and expects to obtain greater than 2 million over the month of Could.

If the province may give 2 million individuals their first dose in Could, Dubé stated, it may begin administering the second dose sooner than deliberate.

“I feel it’s potential, nevertheless it’s within the palms of Quebecers. They have to be vaccinated in Could,” Dubé stated.

Greater than 160,000 individuals booked vaccination appointments on Monday, the primary day appointments opened for all Quebecers at the very least 45 years outdated.

The minimal age will likely be lowered to 40 on Wednesday, 35 on Friday, 30 on Could 10, 25 on Could 12 and 18 on Could 14.

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